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Friday, April 7, 2023

Book Review: Jambalaya Comes Home by Carol Smith & Jambalaya

Jambalaya Comes Home
by Carol Smith & Jambalaya
March 31, 2023
Illustrator: Terri Kelleher
Publisher: Dragonfly-Watch Press
ISBN: 9781734561937
Jambalaya, a tuxedo cat, tells the story of his journey of living in an unhappy home, becoming a shelter kitty, and finally finding his way to his furever family. Co-written with his mom, Carol, and enriched with twenty-five colorful illustrations drawn by Terri Kelleher, Jambalaya Comes Home is a heartwarming tale sure to delight preschoolers, new readers, and animal lovers too.

Jambalaya is a tuxedo cat (black and white) who lived with a family with a bunch of cats. Except he was timid and bullied by the other felines, so the owners gave him up for adoption. He was sad until one day Carol Smith found out about him.

The pictures are colorful and lovely, and the story is simple and sweet. Children will learn from this, not about pets and the families that adopt, but about bullying and families and love. Adults will love the beautiful artwork and understand how a cat feels when adopted and loved by the right family. I think this book will be good for the whole family.

I gave Jambalaya Comes Home 5 sheep.

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Creators:

Carol Smith lives in Virginia, USA, with her husband Stewart, and rescue kitty, Jambalaya. She's written a number of books, from poetry to children's literature. Jambalaya Comes Home is her third children's book.

The Cat
Jambalaya Smith, a tuxedo cat, lives with Carol Smith and her husband, Stewart. He had a difficult home life before his new mom and dad adopted him. Jambalaya is now a constant source of joy for his family. Jambalaya Comes Home is his story and first children's book co-written with his mom, Carol.

Terri Kelleher, originally born in Maryland, USA, moved to Ireland in 1994, where she currently lives and works. She has been illustrating children's books professionally since 2012 and, to date, has illustrated over 50 books, along with various other visual arts projects.

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