1. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino – Sprocket finally got through this little gem of a book, his first introduction to world geography.
2. Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama – My little Miaolings found plenty of career guidance in this beautifully illustrated book. Chun is inspired to become an artist and also win the Nobel Prize in Olympics. Sprocket wants to be a philanthropist when he grows up. He plans to start a charitable foundation for three-legged cats and children.
3. A Kitten’s Year by Nancy Raines Day and Anne Mortimer – A lovely kitten calendar book with gorgeous illustrations sure to delight all of your feline friends. Click here for Sprocket’s review.
4. The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller – This gorgeous and informative book whetted Sprocket’s appetite for botanical and entomological subjects. See his review here.
5. The Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen and Kevin Hawkes – This adorably illustrated book is an excellent way to introduce your kittens to proper library etiquette. The only thing it is missing is a section on when it is appropriate to chomp on books. Look for Sprocket and Chun’s joint review sometime in November.
6. Miss Fanshawe and the Great Dragon Adventure by Sue Scullard – One of my own childhood favorites. This true story, reconstructed from a Victorian adventurer’s travel journals, is accompanied by some of the most intricate and stunning illustrations in the history of dragon literature. Chun isn’t sure he believes in dragons. His state of skepticism is somewhat baffling to both Sprocket and me. I don’t know how I could possibly have raised a kitty who doesn’t believe in dragons. Sprocket may eventually write a PhD dissertation on dragonology, but until then, look for his review of this book later in November.
7. More Cricket stories. We haven’t quite made our way through September’s issue.
November is going to be an exciting month for Sprocket because he is going to read his first Shakespearean play. I haven’t decided whether to start him with Henry V (Papa Miao’s choice), Romeo and Juliet (everyone starts there, it seems), Much Ado About Nothing (short and sweet), or Macbeth (my favorite, but perhaps too dark for a Sprockitty). Any suggestions?