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Reading program helps ‘shy cats’ at Clintonville shelter bond with people

By Margaret Quamme for The Columbus Dispatch

Eleven-year-old Jenna Christian took a folded blanket and placed it on the linoleum floor, facing away from the adults in the room and toward stacked rows of cat cubbies.

She had selected “I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor” from one of six plastic boxes full of books in a corner of the room. Seated on the blanket, she began to read aloud, briskly in a low voice.


Wolfgang Parker, author of 'Crime Cats'

By Jackie Shafer for Broad & High on WOSU-PBS

Musician and Clintonville resident Wolfgang Parker recently put down his mic and picked up a pen to write and illustrate Crime Cats. What started out as a way to connect with his nieces and nephews has turned into a three-volume series for young readers. The books feature an eight-year-old superhero who, with his team of cat detectives, solves mysteries around Clintonville. Watch video below

'Crime Cats' books drag local history into tales

By Kevin Parks for ThisWeek Newspapers

History and mystery will converge once again in the third Crime Cats children's book by Clintonville author Wolfgang Parker.

For Crime Cats: The Deadly Scarab, Parker turns to his Columbus neighborhood's contribution to a famous discovery in Egypt's Valley of the Kings nearly a century ago.


Reading List: 'Crime Cats' Sequel (October 21, 2015)

By Miriam Bowers Abbott for

Wolfgang Parker never planned on being a children’s book author.

He’s a punk singer and recording artist. He’s a photographer and a graphic novelist. But he’s also a guy with nineteen nieces and nephews; he did a little writing for them. Then one thing led to another, and somehow he’s sold over 3000 children’s books in the last eighteen months. Guess he’s children’s book author, after all.


'Crime Cats' Back for More Mystery, History (November 4, 2014)

Local author 'humbled' by response to first book in series

By Kevin Parks for ThisWeek Clintonville


Aleya Williams is looking forward to seeing her favorite mystery-solvers back in action.

"I like the cats," the Clintonville girl, who turns 10 on Nov. 27, said last week. "I think they were very nice."

Wolfgang Parker, an independent recording artist who decided to write a children's book for his many nieces and nephews around the country, has followed up Crime Cats: Missing, which was published in March, with Crime Cats: The Dusenbury Curse.


Kitty pride: 'Crime Cats' Celebrates Neighborhood (July 1, 2014)

Feline sleuths work with chicken-suited boy in local man's first children's book, written as a love letter to Clintonville

By Kevin Parks for ThisWeek Clintonville

After nine months of writing and much trial and error on the illustrations, Wolfgang Parker has completed his first children's book.

What started out as a project to entertain the Clintonville resident's 18 nieces and nephews scattered around the country, as well as to endear himself to them, over time turned into an homage to the independent recording artist-turned-writer's neighborhood.

The result is Crime Cats: Missing, which Parker said he feels would appeal to fans of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series.


Review of Crime Cats: Missing

By Jaymie for Bring On the Books Blog

A Halloween costume allows Jonas to talk to the neighborhood cats which is an asset when the cats start to go missing. Jonas and the Crime Cats (Neil and CatBob) are determined to capture The Beast that is roaming their town so the cats can be free and safe again.

This was a great read!! I liked the character of Jonas, who is trying to find his way and figure out who he wants to be in the midst of bullies and embarrassing but well-intentioned parents. Themes in the story include friendship, pets, pet safety and bullying. Looks at the question of what makes someone a hero. I normally skip the Halloween themed books but in this case it was there more to establish the setting of the story and some of the events rather than being a major focus of the book. Includes cat care tips in the back. I would definitely read more books in this series!

4 out of 5 stars
No AR reading level at the time of this writing.

Kindle version of this book is available for $2.99 at the time of this writing. Definitely worth the purchase price, in my opinion!

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