Saturday, May 28, 2022

Review: Katy on Broadway by Ella English


Kitty in the City
by Ella English
Crimson Dragon Press
Chapter Book
44 pages
ages 6 to 9

I’m a Superstar!

Katy loves to sing and practices every day. Gerry says she can’t, and Lilian says New York is too dangerous for such a small kitty. But now she’s ready to try! She escapes her yard and makes it to the city. But it IS a big scary place! Now she’s all alone and lost. How will she find her way? Can she really become a superstar?

This is the first of the Kitty in the City series! Be on the lookout for more adventures as Katy explores New York!



Dreams of being on Broadway and singing take an unexpected twist with a kitty, who is adorable in so many ways.

Katy loves to sing and gets lost in her own songs, whenever she sings from the branches of a neighborhood tree. Unfortunately, the squirrel and birds don't agree, but Katy isn't going to let their nut throwing and insults kill her dreams. When she unexpectedly arrives in a city, she's more than a little lost and wants to go home. But adventure is awaiting, and it might just give her a surprise.

Katy is a very cute character, who's easy to cheer for as she sings her lungs out and gets lost in her own world. When the others insult her, it's hard not to feel upset and hope Katy doesn't give up. Readers will sympathize with her and find themselves hoping she makes it through.

The illustrations are bright and accompany the text here and there. It adds just enough for readers to enjoy, while still allowing the text to carry the tale. 

The writing flows well enough and keeps the pacing steady the whole way through. It is appropriate for those readers, who have a pretty good grip on their words but aren't quite sure enough to attack middle grade novels, yet.

This is an enjoyable read, and I have no doubt that Katy is in for some exciting adventures in the books to come.

And here she is...

Ella English has been passionate about art since the age of three. Her family has encouraged her to pursue art ever since. Today, as the mother of two grown daughters she loves books, ballet, singing—and cats!

She started writing and illustrating children's books because she realized the importance of encouraging creativity in children.