- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 12, 2008

By Jerad Szadkowski, age 8,
Home-schooled, Rockville

“Oscar and the Mooncats” is the story of Oscar, a silly cat, and his long jump to the moon.

AUDIO Listen to Jerad Szadkowski interview “Oscar and the Mooncats” author Lynda Gene Rymond.

Oscar loves his boy, and Oscar likes to jump. He likes to jump high where he can see everything below. One night, when the boy is taking a bubble bath, Oscar leaps to a tree and then to the roof of the garage. Then he takes the mightiest leap of his life, to the moon.

On the moon, Oscar meets two mooncats. They play games until Oscar is hungry. The mooncats lead Oscar to a crater filled with cream.

Before he drinks, he hears his boy call, Oscar, Oscar.

Then all of a sudden, “The Cow Who Jumps Over the Moon” appears, saying, “I thought I smelled an earthcat.”

Hearing his boy call, Oscar wants to go home, but he is on the moon and home is far, far away.

Oscar safely makes it back home with the help of the mooncow and some interesting surprises.

The pictures on the moon seem be just what it might look like if you landed on the moon with two mooncats and a mooncow to play with.

I really like this book and recommend it for its great story and amazing artwork.

BOOK: “Oscar and the Mooncats” AUTHOR: Lynda Gene Rymond PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Co. (October 2007), hardcover, 40 pages READING LEVEL: Ages 4 to 8 PRICE: $16 INFORMATION: hmco.com

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