[[ Free ePUB ]] Time Cat : The Remarkable Journeys of Jason and GarethAuthor Lloyd Alexander – Z55z.co

A nice, light romp through several historical vignettes from the perspective of cats in history This is Alexander's first book written for youth and his style is very apparent, especially when he's writing dialogue between boys and girls It's not as enjoyable as the The Book of Three series or the overlooked gem The Illyrian Adventure, but it's also quite possibly easier to enjoy for a slightly younger audience than those.The story is of a boy who discovers that instead of having nine lives, cats can go to nine different times and places in history His cat elects to take him on visits to ancient Egypt, Rome, and South America; medieval Japan, Ireland, and Germany; renaissance Italy; and the American revolution The book has a clearly educational angle to these visits, but the characters are still enjoyable and the vignettes have enough plot to be engaging. DNF at 54 pages This wasn't for me There was very little world building to this episodic book I wanted to know why the cat took his boy to these different times, but it seemed random, like the author just thought they were cool and different places to explore The episodes were also bland The boy and cat are kidnapped and then have to teach the man who is holding them captive about cat behavior He then has a positive relationship with cats and becomes a better person The the boy and cat peace out and move on to the next random time and place At best this would be 3 stars, but I don't want to spend the time finishing it. Okay I liked the premise but not the execution They just seem to be jumping around to different times and countries without any real direction Readslike a series of short stories. Although the general premise of Loyd Alexander's 1963 novel Time Cat looked both interesting and intriguing enough (as a talking feline with the ability to deliberately and with purpose travel through time sure did sound right up my proverbial alley so to speak), truth be told and sadly, I have seldom found a children's novel this tedious and massively yawninducing boring, For while I generally tend to enjoy episodic stories, I have never (and this since childhood) all that much appreciated formulaic repetitiveness And with that salient fact in mind, I am sorry to say that Time Cat is in my humble opinion nothing BUT the latter, with EVERY single time travelling into history episode commencing with Jason and his feline companion Gareth moving through time to meet some historic person whom they must enlighten about cats, then getting into a threatening situation that is always remedied in the proverbial nick of time and often even through deus ex machina like occurrences at that, only for Jason and Gareth to once again enter into another totally the same type of episode (where basically the only differences are that our time travellers are now residing in a different historical period and have to enlighten another set of people about cats, with the resultant threatening dangers once again being mitigated just before tragedy is about to strike and so on and so on and so on).And further, the nine historical vignettes of Time Cat (ranging from Ancient Egypt to pre Revolution America), they sadly and annoyingly all (and at least to and for me) remain woefully onedimensional and are therefore also never really fully developed, realised in an in any manner even remotely descriptive and detailed enough a fashion to satisfy my own personal and academic interest in history (not to mention that the 1600 episode in Germany is also painfully and annoyingly historically inaccurate, for while in the 1500s and 1600s, witch trials and witch burnings were indeed a German phenomenon, they were not EVER as it seems to actually be insinuated by both Jason and Gareth specifically German, as similar such witch crazes with hangings, burnings and other similar horrors were also taking place in France, Austria, Italy, basically in much of what is now considered Western Europe) Combined with an ending that totally seems to just fizzle out, and the annoyingly frustrating truth of the matter that both Jason and Gareth come across as not only rather preachy but also often quite intimidating if not even bullying with regard to educating the people they meet during their time travelling adventures about cats (with messageheavy moralising so onesided that it really almost turns my stomach at times), at best Time Cat has felt like a combination cat and history school lesson, but one that is both tediously dragging and sadly often not even all that factually correct (in other words, no, I have not at ALL enjoyed Time Cat and have found it rather a major waste of my reading time). I loved this book Lloyd Alexander certainly knows a lot about history and cats He captures the quirky behavior and manerisms of cats perfectly, and really makes me want to go home and spend some good quality time with my own cats In Time Cat, the reader follows a boy and his cat as they travel through time to experience many monumental moments in history The book devotes two or three chapters to each time period just enough to get the point accross and move on It is also historically acurate, and does a great job of making these historical moments come to life for young readers To me, the most memorable section followed a young Da Vinci in 1445 Italy The chapter portrays Da Vinci as curious and inquisical, as well as brilliant He takes the time to watch how the world around him works, and uses his observations to better his work The boy and his cat inspire young Da Vinci to try his hand at painting, and they move to their next destination in time knowing that they helped Da Vinci to discover the artist he was meant to become.All in all great read I recommend it to everyone. This was what I would consider a bunch of short stories, and while they were entertaining I'm super disappointed because it would have been so easy to connect them It seems almost offensively lazy on the authors behalf lol All cats can talk if they want, but most cats don't wish to do so Gareth, however, is unique: he talks to Jason, his boy companion (cats don't have owners), and takes Jason with him on nine adventures, one for each of his nine lives They start in ancient Egypt, and travel forward through history in leaps and bounds, experiencing some of history's most pivotal ages and meeting some of its most colorful characters It's a delightful romp through history, and my daughter and I found occasion to pause many times and discuss historical eras and events But if she were reading it on her own, I'm sure she would have missed many of the historical references St Patrick and the snakes, for example And I'm not sure the description was sufficiently indelible that she'd be able to recall it when she finally does learn about St Patrick (in school or elsewhere) Granted, my daughter's only eight, but I think even twelve or thirteenyearolds, for whom the book is really written, would miss a lot of the references I'm sure my sister and I both did, when we read it years ago.The story is no less enjoyable for that, but I do think Alexander could havefully explained the context of some of the periods into which Gareth and Jason travel Nevertheless, it's a fun read with some pretty impressive characters and funny moments Overall, a cute book for younger readers, with something in it for the grownups, too and with some great teaching moments :) Frankly, this story made me feel as though it had been written by a child The plot was so thin I could've cut through it with a butter knife To be honest, I couldn't even finish the whole book Jason, a young boy around the age of nine, discovers that his cat can speak and time travel through simple conversation; he seems completely unfazed by this new development To be honest, our two time travellers seem like an adorable couple However this avenue was never pursued, but simply hinted at the idea meaninglessly Now I understand that this is a children's novel, but it seemed like these characters had a wonderful relationship though covered in inscrutable debauchery An Impossible situation of intelligent words thatched from getter's vehemence and words i dont even know.6ueyu!eyjdgndyikh cat human love 33 i ship it!! Garreth should turn into a human and dress up as a furry Also Jason should wear stilts just sayin :3 i feel like gareth should touch Jason's faceoften They should have a dinosaur and build their house on its back They could have their own sitcom showing their suburban life in which gareth is a successful businessman/ cat and jason is a stay at home mom Also hello to jason and gareth, i hope that this has been a very informational review smiles CAN YOU TELL ME HOW TO GET, HOW TO GET TO SESAME STREET!!!!!!!! Summary: Gareth's definitely not an ordinary cat For one thing, he can talk.For another, he's got the power to travel through time Anywhere, any time, any country, any century, Gareth tells Jason And in the wink of a very special cat's eye, they're off From ancient Egypt to Japan, the land of young Leonardo da Vinci to the town of a woman accused of witchcraft, Jason and Gareth are whisked from place to place and friend to foe Full of fun, excitement, and a good dose of history, here's a fantastic tale that grabs the imagination and takes it far and wide, on the adventure of not one but nine amazing lifetimes.Conclusion: it was a pretty good ending.The good guys are: Gareth, (the time cat) Jason, My review:It was a AWESOME book! Anyone who adores cats and likes magic will love this book. Gareth's definitely no ordinary cat For one thing, he can talk For another, he's got the power to travel through time And the instant he tells this to Jason, the two of them are in ancient Egypt, on the first of nine amazing adventures that Jason will never forget