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What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week?


Our mostly-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Nine-Year-Old’s desk. This week, The Nine-Year-Old tempers a nearly fatal overdose of cute with some good old-fashioned cat humor.

Zoo Borns by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland

Zoos and the animals who live in them have been much on The Nine-Year-Old’s mind lately, for obvious reasons. That’s no doubt why I found her mulling over Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland’s adorable little book, Zoo Borns, this week. Filled to the brim with snuggly pictures of baby tigers, mongooses, sea turtles, wildcats, and other little critters born at accredited zoos and aquariums throughout the world in 2008-2010, Zoo Borns also includes basic facts about each animal, including its preferred habitat, conservation status, and the role responsible zoos can play in long-term species survival.

Breaking Cat News: Cats Reporting on the News that Matters to Cats by Georgia Dunn

Georgia Dunn’s Breaking Cat News takes cuteness in an entirely different direction. A comic strip based on Dunn’s own real-life pets, Breaking Cat News features field reporters Elvis and Puck bringing such ground-breaking stories as The Vacuum Cleaner is Back!, The Woman is Cooking Bacon!, and Mysterious Red Dot Appears in Living Room!, for anchor kitty Lupin back at the Cat News desk. Cat people will enjoy this book nearly as much as The Nine-Year-Old does.

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