Review and discussion: Warrior Cats by Erin Hunter – or my 8 year old and I disagree about these!

It has been foretold that Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and one other cat will hold the power of the stars in their paws. Now they must wait for a sign from StarClan to tell them which of their Clanmates will complete the prophecy. 

This is a slightly different review to my usual, partly because these are children’s books, which isn’t my usual genre for reviewing here but also because this review is my opinion vs my 8 year olds.

My oldest is 8 and is at that reading stage where he is choosing his own books and enjoying reading them. He also prefers audio books to print so is listening above the level he could read to himself. We also still read a bedtime story together every evening.

He borrowed and listened to several Warrior Cats books but was unable to find the last in a series. No problem I said, we’ll borrow the book and read it together. That’s where our difference of opinion comes in.

My 8 year olds opinion

He loves these books. He’s completely sold on every aspect and genuinely looks forward to the next instalment, he’s even listened to some of them twice. He enjoys the relationships between the cats, the warrior training and has no problem at all with the shifting names/huge cast list.

As he’s target audience for these books, I can only conclude the author knew exactly what she was doing when writing them

My opinion

I dislike these books. I have never come across something so difficult to read aloud (kudos to the audiobook narrator).

There is an ever expanding cast list, every time I turn a page there seems to be at least one more cat who hasn’t been mentioned before and they all have difficult names. You try saying ‘Molepaw’ out loud in a sentence it’s more difficult than it looks! As a fantasy reader I am used to reading books with complex casts but I’m convinced there are more characters in this than the entirety of Game of Thrones!

The plot line seems to be going no where fast, in fact at 75% of the way through, I’d be hard pressed to give you any plot points at all.

It feels like we’ve been reading it forever. I swear the amount left to read doesn’t seem to go down.

If I was reading them for me I’d have DNF’d a long time ago. As far as I can tell, the only saving grace for these is that my 8yo enjoys them. For him I will carry on reading but I can’t wait until we can move on to something else.

Conclusions

I thought the difference in our opinions was interesting, there’s clearly something to these books that as an adult I’m missing (my other half feels the same as I do about these books) but the intended audience absolutely understands.

Have you read any books to your kids that you didn’t enjoy but they did?

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