Odie’s Best Friend AND Odie the Stray Kitten – Children’s Book Review and Giveaway


Thanks to new author, Kristen Mott, for providing me with these fabulous books in exchange for an honest review and Giveaway!  This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive a small commission which I will use to run this blog.




Odie and Bandit #kidlit #review and #giveaway #picturebook #indiauthor @kristenmmott


Author:  Kristen Mott

Illustrator: Lowell Hildebrandt

Publication Year: 2014

Publisher: Author House

Format: Print, iTunes, Kindle


Meet Odie, a cute little orange and white cat your kids will adore, and Bandit, an older black and white cat with a spot on his back.  Best friends forever, they live together on a farm with their girl (the girl who cares for them) and two horses.  In these two books, together as friends, they reminisce on how they came to be where they are today – comfortable on the farm where they roam free.  The path wasn’t easy for either of them.  They had to get through great strife.  Through their rough path, they  maintained hope and learn to trust again and again.  For, without hope and trust, they wouldn’t have found their forever friendship.

In these two sweet stories, your children will follow Odie and Bandit’s separate paths to find each other and their “forever home”


Odie’s Best Friend

Odie's Best Friend #kidlit #review #giveaway @kristenmmott


In Odie’s Best Friend, Odie, the cute little orange cat wondered how Bandit came to live on the farm.  So, Bandit tells his sad story of finding love with not only one family, but two other families, who could not keep him.  He found himself lonely in a shelter until a family found him, but then ignored him. He ran away and became a stray.  It was hard for him to maintain hope that he would find his “forever home”.  Fearing abandonment, he didn’t want to become close to anyone.  This is a story of courage your children will not forget.  Bandit was able to overcome his fear and find a way to trust again – so that he was able to finally find his “forever home”.


Odie the Stray Kitten


Odie the stray kitten #kidlit #review #giveaway #picturebook @kristenmmott


In this true heartwarming story of a stray kitten, Odie tells his story of how he found Bandit and his “forever home”.  He ventured through the cold, the dark of night and hunger to find a warm barn to sleep in.  Through it all he had many adventures your kids will discover.


The Real Odie and Bandit

Odie and Bandit the #kitlit stories were based off these real life cats owned by @kristenmmott



You can purchase Odie the Stray Kitten  and Odie’s Best Friend on Amazon.  They would make the perfect Holiday gift!



Enter below for your chance to win an author signed copy of both Odie’s Best Friend and Odie the Stray Kitten.



 About Kristen Mott


Kristen mott bio Kristen Mott has loved animals since she was a child. She graduated in 2008 from the Indiana University School of Journalism. She now lives on a small farm in Indiana with her husband and son where they care for two cats, Odie and Bandit, and two horses, Dorothy and Jace.

You can visit Kristen on her website:

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  2. tammy cordery says:

    My kids like reading The Mockingjay book.

  3. My daughter LOVES reading and she has so many favorite books! If I had to pick one I’d say The Hungry Caterpillar is her favorite!

  4. My kids have many many favorite books! My youngest loves Go Dog Go! right now.
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  5. Debbie Bray says:

    Goodnight Moon is his favorite.

  6. Our 11 year old Love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
    our 10 year old loves Pinkalicious
    our soon to be 8 year old will only read Lego magazines
    our 6 year old can not go without reading his Children’s Cookbook
    and our 2 year old has me read Kittens Are Like That everynight

  7. My son likes Green Eggs and Ham.

  8. Alesha ol says:

    My daughter Ike’s to read about animals, while her twin likes to read adventure, mystery

  9. My granddaughter loves the book When Bunny Grows Up by Patsy Scarry.

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  11. Carolyn Daley says:

    He likes the Disney Mickey Mouse & Friends book.

  12. I love these illustrations! They are absolutely adorable. And I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of hope lately, so these books would be perfect to share that with my kids. Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday this week! Happy Thanksgiving!
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