Friday, March 23, 2012

Book Review: Katniss the Cattail by Valerie Estelle Frankel

Just in time for the release of The Hunger Games movie, comes an unauthorized guide from award-winning author, Valerie Estelle Frankel.

Katniss the Cattail provides fans of Suzanne Collins's series a detailed look into the names and symbols found in all three books: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay.

From Alma Coin to York, from bows and arrows to Snake, and a thorough discussion of Katniss, Peeta and Gale, this book provides historical and literary background information on everyone and everything you could imagine from the books. Civil War admirals, Roman leaders, Persian kings and those made famous by Shakespeare's plays fill its pages. You'll soon discover  the characters of Panem mean a lot more than their odd-sounding names.

Frankel also provides information on "Allusions to Literature and Life," discussing dystopia, history, Greek and Roman mythology and reality TV. The final pages of the book include a list of names by origin and the districts and their products.

This is a superb book for any lover of The Hunger Games series. It would also be an excellent resource for writers, showing the importance of carefully considering the names of their characters. Be warned, however, this book contains many spoilers, so it's a good idea to finish the series before reading it.

Highly recommended.

Title:  Katniss the Cattail
Author: Valerie Estelle Frankel
Paperback: 104 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (February 13, 2012)
ISBN-10: 146996824X
ISBN-13: 978-1469968247
SRP:  $6.95

I received a free paperback copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation to provide this review.

This is the fourteenth book I've read for the following challenge:


JM said...

I would love to get my hands on this. I love symbology and loved The Hunger Games. :)

Cheryl said...

It's a very interesting read. We're reading Catching Fire now.

Matthew (The Bibliofreak) said...

I've just finished The Hunger Games trilogy and found this really added to my understanding of Collins's books. A neat little read.

My review: Katniss the Cattail by Valerie Estelle Frankel

Cheryl said...

I'm glad you liked it, Matthew. I found it very helpful when reading the second book if I had to refer back to something from the first.