Super Cats is the first in a new series of stories from Gwyneth Rees and illustrated by Becka Moor. Cats in stories are not uncommon but you’ve probably never met any cats like these before. These are the Super Cats, cats with superpowers. Cats with the ability to fly, cats who have razor sharp claws and cats who can heal wounds with the lick of a tongue.
It was on his sixth month birthday that would Tagg would learn a life-changing secret. For in every litter of cats, one is born with extra-ordinary powers and Tagg is that cat. His father has incredible strength and his mother has amazing claws. Tagg’s power is yet to reveal itself.
When news travels to Tagg’s family from Stoke Mewington that super cats are disappearing, his parents are determined to find out what is happening to their friends. Under strict orders to stay safe at home, Tagg, along with Sugarfoot, secretly sets off on his own spy mission and soon finds himself uncovering a dangerous plot. But do he and Sugarfoot have what it takes to solve the mystery and prevent a cat-astrophe from happening…
Super Cats is purr-fect for readers who want their animal stories with plenty of action and cats up to their whiskers in crime. You won’t find any sweet, lazy felines in need of petting starring in this narrative. The super cats are all action and can always be relied upon to solve a mystery or crime. In this first outing the super cats most definitely have their work cut out, up against a mad scientist and a siamese cat with hypnotic powers who is determined to become the ultimate super-powered cat. And with a criminal underworld where for a few sardines or freshly caught mice Hamish and his squad of hit cats will take out whoever you want (and I don’t mean take out for a slap-up salmon supper, after Hamish has finished with you it will be you that’s swimming with the fishes) there is plenty to keep the super cats busy.
The action-packed adventure is the classic good defeating evil narrative and the simple and familiar plot structure - build-up, problem, solution (in which our loveable and unlikely heroes save the day) - is great for children who are beginning to read longer chapter books. The lively story is supported by fantastic artwork by the brilliant Becka Moor that bring Tagg, Sugarfoot and the rest of the cats to life. At the end of the book there are character profiles and a quiz to determine whether you are the possible owner of a super pet.
Recommended for 7+.