Written and Illustrated By Leyla Atke

CharmBook Blurb

“Children and adults will laugh and cry through the experience of reading this brief, heartfelt book about the miracle of Charm.”-

Rating 5.0 stars from Midwest Book Review.

Charm is a tender and loving story of a small cat what is found, lost and found again under the most mysterious conditions. It will make you wonder about life, love and the existence of a higher power. It will break your heart in half and put it back together again. You will fall in love and be forever grateful that you met Charm, if only in a book.

Ask yourself: Do you believe in God? Do you believe in the existence of a higher power and the other world? Do you believe in miracles and reincarnation? Charm: An Amazing Story of a Little Black Cat is all in one story, which will make you think about these things and maybe you´ll find the answer!

 My Review

CHARM: An Amazing Story of a Little Black Cat is an account of the life of a little black cat that the author found.  It is a story of love, loss, and sorrow for children ages 6-18.

The story is about responsibility and the consequences of failing to live up to that responsibility. I think the author did an adequate job of getting her point across.  Many six-year-old children would need the book read to them, while those at the high school age would probably feel they were too old for the book.  The description of Charm after she found that he had died was, to me, too raw for a six year old. I am giving this book 3 stars.

Publisher: Strategic Book Group (September 2, 2010)

Paperback: 40 pages

  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609764188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609764180

Genre: Non-Fiction, Animals.

Book available in paperback, Kindle and pdf.

I received a free PDF copy for an honest review.

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  1. Having read both editions of Charm and am a parent of 3, I feel I am in a good position to discuss this topic.

    Although, I respect your well written review and your desire to warn others that Charm may originally have, by the first publisher put in the wrong age category, I know that has been changed by the current punk her.

    I do believe it is important to both shelter a child and allow them to learn from things that may not be all peaches and cream.

    The second edition has toned down the description of poor Charm, but the story is an honest one and does have a happy ending.

    I applaud you for your honesty, but disagree with you on your opinion. Many believe Snow White to be too scary for children and the stories of Old Yeller and Black Beauty too sad, from their point of view they may be right. I on the other hand believe it’s important to read about not only the beauty, but also the sadness of life, it brings empathy and teaches responsibility.

    I do prefer the second edition though, for hearing or reading stories that dwell too much animal pain deeply hurts me and the second edition, brings much more joy.

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    1. Thank you for commenting. I respect your opinion, but I hold to my comments on the first edition. After seeing my review and the comments by others, the author went back to her story and toned down the description. I’m not disagreeing that children need to know both the good and the bad, but just that graphic descriptions are too much for many young children. Many children the same age as your child, develop fears very easily, have nightmares, and fear separation from, or loss of a parent. They learn about the really ugly stuff soon enough.


  2. I love your honesty, and will definitely think twice – I wouldnt want to read anything gory or too sad to my child. Kids grow up too quickly as it is, its nice to at least try and keep they innocent for a while.

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    1. I would never have believed how quickly they grow until my own were grown and it seemed like it happened in a blink of an eye. Like you. I was always choosy about what my children watched, read, etc. Thanks for you kind comments and you visit to my blog.

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  3. After reading the other comments, I have great respect for the author to follow your opinion regarding age appropriate writing about death and grief, Michelle. I’m sure Charm is a wonderful book but any story with a sad ending about animals is even tough for me to handle. Thanks for your well written review! xo

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  4. I sincerely appreciate your review and the heads-up in it. It’s one of my many failings, but i can’t bear anything sad about animals, especially cats. I’m sure it’s a well done story. But your review told me what was important for me. Huge hugs.

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  5. Is this book heavy-handed, Michelle? I’m rather picky about books geared toward this age group. I find many books which tackle topics such as grief, etc., don’t quite respect the ability of children to manage their emotions and sift through difficult information well.

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    1. Yes Angie, it is more than I would put on a young child. There are too many graphic references to the deceased cat’s remains for a young child to be exposed to. I think the story could have been told with less of this type of description for the younger set. Even as an adult, I didn’t need those details.

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  6. It doesn’t take a lot to get me choked up and animal stories will do it every time, no matter what age group they’re aimed at. Maybe six is a little too young for those realities.

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