Maggie Books By Marci Kladnik, Illustrations by Stephanie Piro: Reviews/Giveaway

Reviews by Sandra Murphy

We have reviews this week of 2 fun children's animal rescue books written by Marci Kladnik and Illustrated by Stephanie Piro. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win both books, and links to purchase them.

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Maggie Adopts a Kitten (It Really Happened!) 

By Marci Kladnik & Illustrations by Stephanie Piro  

Maggie was a Scottish terrier who came to live with Marci who had cats! Maggie had seen cats as her littermates chased them over the fence but never got to meet one up close. Punkin, the orange cat, didn’t seem too impressed with Maggie. Dodo, the black cat, scratched Maggie’s nose! It took a long time before Dodo said Maggie’s food bowl could be next to his.  

Marci rescues homeless kitties, those who are born outside where they might get hurt. She trapped a mama cat and all of the babies except one. When the little kitty got hungry, he went into the trap for food and the door slammed shut!

He was very scared. Seeing Punkin and Dodo didn’t help, but he fell in love with Maggie the Scottie dog. The only time they were ever separated was when Maggie went for walks with Marci or went for a haircut. 

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Maggie and Barney and the Allergic Photographer (It Really Happened) By Marci Kladnik & Illustrations by Stephanie Piro 

Word got around about the Scottie dog who adopted a kitten, now named Barney. Guideposts magazine called Marci and asked if they could write a story about the unlikely pair and send a photographer so their readers could see Maggie and Barney together. 

Marci had four cats and Maggie living with her. The photographer and his assistant came to the house and brought in all their cameras. Then he started sneezing! He usually took pictures of dogs and was okay, but he was allergic to cats. 

Most of the photo shoot was outside so the photographer could breathe okay. In all, he took 2,000 pictures! 

Marci was very proud to know ten million people read Guideposts magazine and would see her Scottie and kitty. Maggie and Barney were glad they got lots of treats for being good. Well, except for the nine Band Aids part when Barney got scared! 

Although the books are for children, adults will enjoy the stories too. Marci continues to rescue feral cats and will write more tales about Maggie and Barney. At the back of each book, Marci explains why to spay/neuter is important, what rescue means, and how shelters operate. There’s a short quiz that follows. 

Looking for a holiday gift? Look no farther. A portion of sales goes to help rescues who help find homes for the formerly feral cats.   

To enter to win copies of both Maggie books, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "maggie,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 19, 2020. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

Check out more animal rescue stories in our Pet Perspective section on Kings River Life, and the Pets section here on KRL News & Reviews. Check back every month for another animal rescue adventure from ARF. Advertise in KRL and 10% of your advertising fees can go to a local animal rescue. Learn more about ARF on their website.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

Disclosure: This post contains links to an affiliate program, for which we receive a few cents if you make purchases. KRL also receives free copies of most of the books that it reviews, that are provided in exchange for an honest review of the book.


  1. I have a niece who would love these! tWarner419(at)aol(dot)com

  2. Sounds like something children would love! Count me in!

  3. These two Maggie book sound like wonderful pet centric books. We would love to read them!

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  4. I truly enjoyed reading your review. I believe that "children of all ages" will enjoy reading them. The art-work is whimsical and charming.

    Jo Singer
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