Tabika: Book 2 by Leslie Hyla Winton Noble (Just Done Productions)
I enjoyed this book even more than Tabika 1, simply because the writer has such a lovely way of capturing Tabika's personality.
In book 1, we read all about how Tabika (the furry feline whose unusual colouring and striped markings are often compared to those of a fluffed-out tiger) was magically whisked away to the countryside by a grateful bee-fairy. Following his arrival, he quickly amazed – and in most cases befriended – the various creatures in and around Green farm.
Unfortunately a mouse-fairy wasn't too happy with his presence but was persuaded (albeit very reluctantly) to allow him a day in which to convince the cat-hating Mr Green to keep him on as the Green farm cat.
What follows is more mischief and action than ever.
Between rescuing the green farm twins, nearly giving up his life for a certain risk-taking rabbit and bringing about the downfall of some crooks (with a little help from his animal friends, of course), Tabika certainly has his paws full.
The reason why Tabika ended up back in the city at the end of book 1 is also finally revealed, but whether he returns to Green farm is not for me to tell.
You'll definitely enjoy every minute of his mishaps and adventures, and delight in the illustrations. It's quite impossible not to love a story with such wonderful and quirky characters – and whether you're a kid or an adult – you'll find yourself quickly swept up in this fantastical, easy-to-read and enchanting novel.
To read more about author Leslie Hyla Winton Noble, you can visit his blog here.