Children’s author, professional narrator, and podcast director Trista Shaye visited the club house for the May installment of Alex’s Book Club. She read the first two chapters of The Backward Kitty, the first book in her Big the Barn Cat series, and led the guests through a Big-themed Mad Lib.

What makes this series special is the close connection is has to the author’s childhood. Characters and events from the Big books are heavily inspired by Trista’s own childhood, growing up on a farm surrounded by cats, adventure, and family. If you’re looking for a hilarious family read-aloud with big personalities and gentle pacing, this is worth a look.

Amanda sponsored a giveaway of The Backward Kitty as well as her own series starter, Case of the Robbed Recipe.