By: Constance Corcoran Wilson

Illustrated By: Gary McCluskey

Published: September 13, 2014

Publisher: Quad Cities’ Press

Children’s Fiction

Last year I reviewed the second installment of the Christmas Cats series, THE CHRISTMAS CATS CHASE CHRISTMAS RATS. You can see that review, HERE. In the first book in the series, THE CHRISTMAS CATS WEAR SILLY HATS, children learn it is best to get along with others. In the second book, children learn to withhold judgement of others and keep an open mind. In fact, THE CHRISTMAS CATS CHASE CHRISTMAS RATS  was just named one of the 7 Best Books of 2014 published by CWA (Chicago Writers’ Association) for its category out of 75 entries.  

Wilson continues the theme of teaching a lesson with rhyming prose in her third book in the series, THE CHRISTMAS CATS ENCOUNTER BATS. Wilson has written these books with the help of her young granddaughters. Each of her stories model kindness and good behavior. They teach children the importance of helping others through the telling of a silly story. This time the Christmas Cats are called to the mall to investigate a funny sound. When they find the sound is coming from a group of bats, everyone at the mall is scared and wants them taken care of. The Christmas Cats teach them all a lesson that each one of us is a part of God’s creation and we all have a purpose here on Earth. The end of the book also includes a couple activity pages. This book is targeted towards the preschool – lower elementary age group. This series of books would make a great addition to your Christmas library of books.

Constance Corcoran Wilson grew up in Iowa, (Independence to be exact) and graduated from the University of Iowa.  She furthered her education and has spent her years teaching and writing.  She has received many awards including one of the “10 Most Creative Teachers in America” and a Bi-State Literacy Award for her reading program for poor children from First Lady Barbara Bush in 1993.  Constance lives in East Moline, Illinois (just across the Iowa border) with her husband Craig.  For more on Constance, visit her blog at or her website,, or  You can also find Constance on Twitter, HERE, Facebook, HERE, and Pinterest, HERE

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Thanks to the author for sending a copy of her book for review. This review is my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any way for this review. If you choose to purchase the book through the above link, I may receive a small commission without you having to pay a cent more for your purchase. Thanks for supporting reviews. 

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  1. Becky Goerend on December 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    That book sounds wonderful and cute. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Suko on December 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    This book sounds lovely! I enjoyed your review, Stacie.

  3. bermudaonion on December 6, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I love books that teach good values like that.

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