What was this scary book about kittens?
March 28, 2012 6:57 PM Subscribe
Sorry but I have a sort of weird name-this-kids'-book question: Two kittens are trying to protect each other. I remember a couple of disjointed scenes and some dark themes of self-sacrifice, bravery, and loss. Please tell me I didn't imagine this.
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I don't know how much of this is real and how much is exaggerated or mis-remembered, because when i write it out it seems impossibly dark for a children's book, but I swear I checked out a book from my elementary school library in the early 90's with the following scenes:
Two young cats are adopted. They are siblings and want to look out for each other, I think. I remember one scene where a kitten bites their owner's ankle accidentally before breakfast one morning, and gets banished to the backyard (or worse??) There's another scene with a cat being brave, climbing along the edge of a wooden fence while a scary neighbor dog menances from below. Maybe one of the cats is seriously hurt while trying to protect her brother cat from the dog? I don't recall the specifics but I think something really bad happens and the other cat feels scared and guilty.
I think it was a chapter book, paperback with a brown cover and maybe yellow or white letters. Or possibly I've been crazy all along and this is 90% bad dream...