Review: The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine


Title: The Diary of a Killer Cat

Author: Anne Fine

Illustrations: Steve Cox

Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 978-0374317799


May Contain Spoilers

Tuffy is an unrepentant murderer.  The little bird had it coming, what with landing in his mouth and all.  Besides, he’s a cat!  What does his girl, Ellie, expect?  The pathetic tree-hugger would have him holding hands with all of the neighborhood dogs! Doesn’t she understand?  He’s a cat!

This short book for younger readers has a ton of personality.  Too bad I didn’t really like the personality.  Tuffy is all cat, and he is not going to adjust his feline behavior to make any humans happy.  When he starts bringing home dead critters, his people start having fits.  He’s a murderer!  A killer of innocent little birds and mice!  Tuffy can’t understand what all of the fuss is about, and soon he is on the outs with Ellie and her family.

Told in first person from Tuffy’s point of view, this is a pretty funny book.  I just couldn’t relate to Tuffy.  He is tough talking and streetwise, and he is every bit a cat.  He doesn’t care about anything but what he wants; he’s self-indulgent, and he’s a smart-aleck.  I don’t know why I didn’t connect better with this book.  Maybe I found the dead bunny episode morbid?  I’m not sure, but I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I was hoping I would.  

Grade: C+

Review copy obtained from the library