Review of "Reflections and Tails", by Krista Tibbs

The trials and tribulations of a vampire.

An ode to sheep, by a sheep. 

Mooses, mice, and cats as comedy relief.  This variety-show book contains vignettes and stories sure to entertain you, to make you think, and to leave you breathless.  The emotional gamut is run through completely, as Ms. Tibbs takes us from elation to sympathy, from alarm to hilarity. 

There is the story of Shadow and his odd owner, and the girl-child who is their target of choice.  I have to admit, this one had me on the edge of my seat until the very end.

Then there is the family that is drawn together by events that actually divide them.

And in between, Ms. Tibbs’ cats get to have their say, and do they ever sound like any cat I’ve ever known!

When I picked up this book, I didn’t really know much about it.  Thinking it was like a Beatrix Potter or Disney, with cute little animals dancing in the woods, I began reading the first offering, “A Vampire’s Story”.  It was nothing like I had expected. 

Then came the above-mentioned “Shadow’s Promise”, and its suspenseful tale. 

I was hooked.  Every one of these short stories was unique, each had a different voice; almost a different style to fit with the creatures that starred in them.

The artist who drew the illustrations, Clint Sattler, did an excellent job.  They are simply black-and-white sketches, but they are beautiful in their simplicity.  All in all, I had a marvelous time visiting these pages, and I hope the two collaborate on another offering.

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