Monday, August 22, 2005

who writes a children's book that ends with 8 dead cats?!

Tor Seidler, that's who. I just finished reading his book Toes last night. Oh yeah, sorry. *SPOILER ALERT!* Okay, now that that's out of the way. Seriously. 8 dead cats at the end of that there book. WTF? Go back and check out the little tease about the book at that link I gave you. It's okay, I'll wait. And look at the cute cover art. What in any of that would lead you to believe you're going to read a book in which you are given an image of 8 tiny little cat graves in the last chapter?

I was bereft last night when I finished the book. I mean, positively bereft. Blubbering all over Mobtown's chest as he tried to comfort me.

Why? Why does Toes have to die?

Look, I'm all for kids learning about death. So Toes' mother dying in the first chapter was okay. I mean, it wasn't okay, and it made me sad. Especially since I read it while my own 15-year-old one-eyed orange tabby whom I love was in the cat hospital and I didn't know if he would make it or not. But it was reasonable to put that in a childrens' book.

What I don't understand is why he had to have Toes die. It was completely unnecessary for the plot. It didn't have to happen. It still would have been a powerful, compelling book without Toes dying. But then to have Toes make his way home...barely make his way home...crawling, literally on his last legs...to die on his mama's grave...and then to find the markers for all his siblings, who died the same year. That was just cruel. CRUEL, Mr. Seidler. I'm never reading any of your books ever again. God knows how many other animals you slaughter in your other books.

Mobtown and I went to the library tonight and I checked out a number of children's books, including one called Ferret Fun. I only hope the ferret survives.

I also checked out the first Lemony Snicket book. Now that I'm working in educational publishing (and having a blast, I might add), I no longer need to feel guilty about reading children's literature. In fact, it's "professional research." YAY!