This is the story of how my friend Nate created a giant invisible cat one Friday the thirteenth. I won’t tell you about the mouse costume I wore to try and catch it. What I will tell you about is a talking dog, a death-dealing secret tea-drinking society and me, Delphine Cooper, jumping out of a plane with no parachute.
Just your average day when you’re friends with a genius.
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the book from the publisher, Bloomsbury. This does not in any way affect my opinion.
How to Capture an Invisible Cat definitely has to be the most entertaining book I’ve read this year. I can’t remember the last time I laughed out loud so much whilst reading a book, or even exclaimed/commented out loud whilst reading a book. I definitely had to stop reading this one in public, because I was getting way too many funny looks off people as I chuckled along to myself as I read it. This was such a wacky adventure, that it really is hard not to enjoy it and the insane things that keep happening. You turn each page not knowing what is going to happen next!
This book is aimed more towards a younger audience, maybe 8-10 years, but certainly is an enjoyable read to anyone who would pick this book up. I think even those who are more into reading YA would certainly enjoy this book, as there is a relationship in development between Nate and Delphine throughout the book, and I hope that gets explored a bit more in future books in the series, even though I know that the series won’t be aimed at their relationship primarily, although it is a huge factor–
(because I now ship Nate/Delphine).
The humour has to be the main factor of this book for me. Like I mentioned above, it’s been a while since I laughed out loud while reading a book. I found myself in my local bookstore the other day, drinking a coffee while reading this, chuckling to myself and receiving funny looks from other customers in the shop. I loved Nate’s character, and how he was oblivious to Delphine’s sarcasm, even though she was throwing it in his face. Nate’s character was brilliant and reminded me very much of maybe what the character Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory would have been like as a young boy. Bosper was also a big hit with me, and his commentary on farting cracked me up, along with his…let’s say poo situation, later on in the book (trying not give any spoilers!). Hilarious!
We’re introduced to the Red Death Tea Society, and how they’re trying to thwart Nate’s big plans because he won’t join them. Even though I know the primary protagonist of the book is the giant Invisible cat, I would have liked a bit more of the Red Death Tea Society. They didn’t seem to be all that menacing, compared to the cat. I genuinely thought they would have had a bigger role to play in the story, and been more of a threat to Nate and Delphine. So hopefully we see more of them in future books too.
All-in-all, How to Capture an Invisible Cat was thoroughly a heart-warming, hilarious laugh out loud adventure, and I certainly can’t wait for more from Paul Tobin and The Genius Factor series! Top stuff!