Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Archie & The Lawlor Cat Hotel by Jane Lawlor

Congratulations! You have just found the best cat book ever written. I’m Archie and I am a ginger cat and the manager at the most incredible hotel just for cats. I’ve written this book so humans get to meet me and my guests as we get up to all sorts at night including cat rodeo, cat casino night, cat sailing and even skiing. I can’t wait for you to meet my guests and get to know their real personalities, not to mention my team, which includes Dan and Louis the horses and my three faithful hounds Buddy, Dougy and Alfie. Get ready for the read of your life.

Information about the Book
Title: Archie and the Lawlor Cat Hotel
Author: Jane Lawlor
Release Date: 1st October 2019
Genre: MG
Page Count: 168
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

 Author Information
Jane Lawlor was born in Dublin in 1971. At the age of five she moved with her mum and sister to London, then later settling in Potters Bar. Her love affair with animals of all kinds began when she struck up an unlikely friendship with Lady Ann Naylor who lived nearby and allowed a young Jane to ride at her private stables in exchange for mucking out her racehorses. Jane’s dream job would have been to become a vet, but unable to afford the university fees she became a trainee accountant; wildly industrious, she went to night school four nights a week after work and qualified in 1995 aged twenty-four. She worked in banking in the city of London until she set up her own property management firm at the age of thirty, and continues to run today. In 2013 Jane and her husband Skipsey bought Great Warley Place in Essex where she opened her cat hotel in 2016; a luxury antidote to cramped catteries, Jane spoils her furry guests like royalty! Jane is the mother of twin boys, Patrick and Rory; parental exhaustion, the need for good bedtime stories and the desire to share her passion for cats with her sons and other children, motivated her to write this book. Archie is Jane’s own cat. He replies to all emails at the cattery.

The Cover:
The picture on the cover is a really artistic photo. A very close up of a cat, I am thinking Archie. Just one eye, half the nose and several whiskers. While I really like cats and think this is a great picture, the cat does not look impressed.
The Plot:
Archie & the Lawlor Cat Hotel is so far away from what I usually read. But it was such a great story! I loved the imaginings of what the cats get up to when on vacation from their humans. Jane Lawlor has a great sense of humour, telling short excerpts with excitement, intrigue, danger and fun. I mean, a cat rodeo? And cat’s fishing? Well, that I could see!!
The Characters:
I love that there are pictures of each cat, horse, or dog, but Jane does a fantastic job describing their personalities. Not everyone gets along all the time and sometimes there are animals that just don't mix well with others. Drago, being one of those cats, gets special attention. So even he might enjoy his time at the one and only Real Cat Hotel. Dan and Louis, the horses, are absolutely my favourite, interacting with the cats wonderfully.
Was It Worth Reading:
Absolutely!! This book made me want to get cats and send them to the Lawlor Cat Hotel just so they could enjoy the antics. Well, I guess I would have to move to the UK, then get cats, then send them, which I would totally do! I thoroughly enjoyed Archie and highly recommend this book to anyone looking for some lighthearted reading. Archie & the Lawlor Cat Hotel gets 5 out of 5 crossbows, laced with catnip!!

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