Tabitha Fink Ninja at Night – Review by Vincent F. A. Golphin for VeeReads
“I am sorry regret it took me so long to discover Rick Felty’s writing. The three-book, early reader series about Tabitha Fink yielded a book each year since 2015. I am overjoyed, now to be caught up. The stories filled me with admiration as a children’s author, and as a reader let me see the world again like a wide-eyed kid. The most recent work, Tabitha Fink: Ninja at Night, proves that a story told well in rhyme can bring a smile and even anticipation to adults.” “The story filled me with admiration as a children’s author, and as a reader let me see the world again like a wide-eyed kid.” (More here)
Tabitha Fink On A Mission To Mars – Review by Ellen Feld for Feathered Quill
Hang onto your hats…er…spaceships (!) because Tabitha Fink, the amazing one-eyed cat, is at it again, and this time she’s heading to Mars!
We first met Tabitha Fink in the delightful book Tabitha Fink: The Cat With One Eye. In that story, Tabitha Fink showed the world that she’s a pretty awesome cat, and while she only has one eye, that certainly didn’t hold her back from doing ANYTHING. In fact, it is, in part, what makes her amazing and super cool. The story has a great message for kids to be what they want, and despite any ‘differences’ they may have, they’re all pretty amazing and super cool too.
Now Tabitha Fink has decided to take a trip to Mars (!) and she’s taking us along. You see, Tabitha Fink is curious about the people on Mars. How do they travel? What do they eat? Do they like to paint or perhaps draw?
When Tabitha Fink arrives on Mars, she quickly meets the local Martians. A charming group of smiling folks, they show Tabitha Fink around the landscape. The curious cat learns all about local food and customs. But then she spots a little Martian who is quite shy. Will Tabitha Fink be able to help the little space child conquer his fears?
When I saw another Tabitha Fink book arrive for review, I grabbed it for myself. I reviewed the first book about this wonderful one-eyed cat (did you know there is a real Tabitha Fink? – you can learn more about her/see a photo at the author’s website). Like the first, this tale is told in simple rhyme that keeps the story moving at a brisk pace. The story is adorable and the illustrations are absolutely perfect. Perhaps the most creative thing here is the use of imaginary things that the Martians use, and that the author actually manages to find words to rhyme with these odd-sounding creations. Try rhyming “Flipperty-Flang” with something that doesn’t sound forced! Overall, this is another book that young (and old) cat enthusiasts, as well as those who simply enjoy a fun story, will love.
Quill says: Another winner from author Rick Felty. I hope he plans to send Tabitha Fink on many more adventures because I can’t wait to see where she goes next!”
Tabitha Fink On A Mission To Mars – Review by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite
“Different is cool, says Tabitha Fink and it is cool to learn new things, even if, at first, they seem a little bit scary. But Tabitha Fink isn’t scared. In fact, she’s a cat on a mission to learn all she can, this time about the far distant planet of Mars. She knows that a lot of things are different on Mars, like the things Martians do for fun, how they travel, and the food they eat, but she doesn’t know what the differences are and she’s determined to find out.
Tabitha Fink makes an excursion to Mars in her spaceship and she meets some really cool young Martians who teach her how they play, how they travel, and what they eat. But there is one Martian who is afraid to come and meet Tabitha Fink. She reaches out in friendship and points out that it doesn’t matter if we’re all different, that’s what makes life so interesting.
Rick Felty’s colorfully illustrated picture book story, Tabitha Fink On a Mission to Mars, is a clever teaching tool to help young readers overcome or at least try to manage their fear of things that are new and different. By using a cute cat as the brave explorer, the story, with its rhyming verse and humorous innuendos, allows young readers to feel good and brave like Tabitha Fink. The cat herself is even different as she only has one eye, but that doesn’t stop her from exploring and learning about the universe around her. This is a great inspirational and fun story for young readers.”
Tabitha Fink On A Mission To Mars – Review by Stacey Blake author of Chippy The Mechanic
Tabitha Fink is a sweet rhyme book that has within it several deeper life messages that I absolutely love. The first is that Tabitha is a special little kitty with one eye. Despite not being perfect, Tabitha is full of zest for life and she loves adventures. I think any story that promotes loving an animal that is not physically perfect is so important for young readers. I also love space stories and any story today about travel to Mars is timely with the new Mars missions being planned. All through the story Tabitha encourages children to release their fears about places and people that are new and who look different. This is a sweet lovely book that promotes kindness and acceptance.
Tabitha Fink: The Cat With One Eye – Review by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite
“Tabitha Fink: The Cat With One Eye by Rick Felty is about Tabitha Fink, the cat who introduces herself to readers using clever rhymes and interesting words that will help to improve their vocabulary. Tabitha Fink is happy the way she is, not being a star or a bear with a hat. She is not a doll or a blueberry pie, but just Tabitha Fink and she is happy being herself. The book conveys a beautiful message of accepting oneself and realizing that we all are great as we are, just like one-eyed Tabitha Fink.
I found the book adorable and the message is very up-lifting. It teaches children to be happy with their own selves instead of trying to be like someone else. The illustrations are charming and lively and help children learn a lot of new things. Tabitha is a lovable one-eyed cat and she teaches readers to feel great with what they have. It’s a good bedtime storybook and parents and grandparents can read it out to their kids and grandkids. The book can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries.
The message conveyed through the book is very healthy and empowering and teaches young readers to celebrate their uniqueness and individuality. Books that convey good messages to kids help them understand the message or the concept better when narrated with the help of a story. Kids will love this book and they will also like the voice of Tabitha Fink.”
Additional Reviews for Tabitha Fink: A Cat With One Eye
“Tabitha Fink is one awesome, amazing, wonderful cat! Why? Because while she’s cute and adorable like other cats, Tabitha Fink also has just one eye – and she thinks that’s just perfect for her.
The star of this book begins her story by telling us that “I am Tabitha Fink/quite simply a cat” and then she proceeds to tell us what she is not. She is NOT a car, a star, a truck or several other things. Nope, she is “…Tabitha Fink, a cat with one eye.”
Tabitha Fink may only have one eye, but that certainly doesn’t slow her down. She might climb up the table to try and get the scrumptious blueberry pie that’s just sitting there or have a blast playing with a ball of yarn. Nope, having one eye is not a problem for Tabitha Fink because “…it makes me special with each single blink.”
Told in the first person by Tabitha Fink, the story is written in a simple rhyme style that flows perfectly:
I am Tabitha Fink, somewhat hard to ignore
with only one eye where some others have more.
I’ve still got one tail and four paws on the floor.
I’m still Tabitha Fink as I’ve mentioned before.
The message of accepting who you are and embracing your differences, no matter what they are, comes across loud and clear without being preachy in Tabitha Fink. The illustrations are simple, bright and cheerful and when combined with the brief text, come together to make the perfect book for the preschooler (ages 2 to 5). I’ve no doubt that both parent and child will be smiling ear-to-ear after reading Tabitha Fink.
Quill says: A not-to-be missed story for the preschooler in your life – uplifting, enjoyable, and just plain fun. I loved every word!”
– Ellen Feld, Feathered Quill
“What a sweet book! With bright, colorful illustrations and a fun, rhyming text, Tabitha Fink shows kids and adults alike that it’s okay to be different. This sweet little cat is wholly content just being herself. And the message comes through that we should all feel comfortable in our own skin – or fur as the case may be. None of us are perfect and Tabitha Fink gives us permission not to be. The best part is that Tabitha Fink is a real cat!” – Patti Tingen, author, “A Cat Named Mouse”
“Tabitha Fink is a cat – a very special cat at that… because Tabitha the cat has one eye. In this simply written story we fall in love with Tabitha Fink – the cat with one eye who shows us that no matter how different you may look, everyone is special in their own way. This story not only gives the young child an important message about inclusion, but it is also simply told with a fun rhyme scheme and has bold, colorful illustrations that will surely keep your little one enticed the whole way through. The reason I love this book so much though is because it is so simply written so that little ones can understand the story and so young readers can successfully read it through. Telling a big story with few words is hard to do and Felty does this swimmingly. You can also get the audio book for free from the website at https://tabithafink.com/. I can’t wait to see what Tabitha the cat has in store when she travels to space in the next book! I will most definitely be sharing this with everyone I know!” – Ashley Mills Monaghan, award winning author of ‘A Little Goes a Long Way’
“My 4-year-old says “I super duper want to learn more about Tabitha Fink!” We took turns reading the words (lots of preschool reading level words to work with) and thoroughly enjoyed this. My daughter thought Tabitha Fink was a funny cat, and got the message that it’s ok to be whoever you are. Good read.” – Amazon Reader “Up Late”
“This book is very clear with bright pictures, simple enough for a young child to understand, with clever rhymes and rhythm to satisfy adults. My kids like the voice of the cat and ask me to read it again and again. I do without hesitation because the message is so healthy and empowering.” – Amazon Reader “Amy Karr”
“What a lovely read, and celebration of sassy cats everywhere! the witty illustrations add a whimsical touch to the heartwarming tale of a very special feline.” – Amazon Reader “Convergenz”
“Loved the book. Fun for my kids to read and great message about embracing your uniqueness!” – Amazon Reader “Tom Angelo”