Simon’s Cat, Off to the Vet & Other Cat-astrophes By Simon Tofield

by Sandra Murphy

Do you watch the Simon’s Cat videos on YouTube? For a quick two or three minutes of fun and laughter, they can’t be beat. Be warned, once you start, it’s hard to stop! For his newest book, Tofield went to his vet’s office for how-to’s that make the vet trip a better experience for both the human and the cat. One tip from the vet is to leave the cat crate out at all times so the cat’s used to it. At the vet’s office, keep it out of reach of curious dogs, and don’t open it! Annual checkups are vital since cats tend to hide symptoms. A head-to-tail exam can find problems early on. Weigh-ins can give clues to a hidden illness—even a tiny weight loss can be a signal.

Arthur Christmas: Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall

Arthur Christmas is about how Santa's son Arthur and his Grandpa set out to deliver a missed present to a little girl in England before Christmas dawn. Santa's operation has become very high tech with the latest Santa Claus, with the elves doing most of the deliveries and Santa's son Steve running the operation. Christmas had become more about the success and less about the spirit of the holiday.

The Smurfs: Movie Review

by Sheryl Wall

The Smurfs was a popular cartoon when I was a kid and I was excited to see them come out with a current movie. It was a fun introduction to Smurfs for my 2 year old daughter as well. The movie is about how Clumsy Smurf accidentally leads Gargamel into their village. As they try to run away Clumsy Smurf and a few others, including Papa and Smurfette, fall through a portal that is only open on a Blue Moon in which Gargamel and his cat Azrael follow.