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Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea: 10/05/13

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Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea by Lisa Martin is the story of two cats who live in a busy sea port town. Cecil, the tuxedo cat, loves the sea and wants nothing more than to be a ship's cat. Anton, the gray cat, is happy to stay at home to watch the ships come and go as they please. Except both cats end up at sea and it will take a miracle to reunite the two brothers.

Told in alternating points of view, the stories of Anton and Cecil slowly unfold, from their kittenhood, through their times at sea. Except for their different coats (something that will probably be easier to see with the completed illustrations), the cats' personalities also take time to shine through.

It's not until the last third of the book — well into the swashbuckling part of the adventure — that the two cats began to shine. There are pirates, and shipwreck, helpful whales, and magic tucked into these final pages. I just wish that these elements had surfaced sooner.

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Three stars

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