Wrappa-Hamen lives an interesting life. He spends his days hanging out with the Pharaoh, being tickled by pretty servant girls, stuffing his face with delicious delicacies and licking his private parts. Wrappa-Hamen is a cat and he’s the only one capable of bringing the Pharaoh out of his depression after the loss of his beloved parents. Together, Pharaoh and Wrappa-Hamen while away the days sharing laughs and adventures, much to the dismay of the jealous Vizier who tries on several occasions to get rid of Wrappa-Hamen and the Pharaoh. After the Vizier’s evil plan succeeds, Wrappa-Hamen and High Priest, Gato-Hamen, embark on several new adventures of their own.
I read the previous reviews with a certain amount of skepticism. Laughed out loud? Non-stop hilarity? But I’m happy to say I can certainly agree. I did laugh out loud – several times. The author’s sense of humor comes across wonderfully. The taxi ride scene was a hoot.
It’s clear Maria Luisa Lang knows a great deal about ancient Egypt. Her writing is witty, clever and easy to read. She’s expertly introduced conflict, humor, history, romance, time travel, suspense and a number of other elements into The Pharaoh’s Cat.
I fell in love with this book. As I read, I was vaguely reminded of Puss In Boots, and an indirect comparison is indeed mentioned briefly at one point. Yet, The Pharaoh’s Cat still manages to be quite a unique “animal as helper” tale. It’s certainly unlike anything I’ve read before. I highly recommend this book!
5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton