Cats have been running the show since ancient Egyptian times. For proof, you need look no further than Hieroglyphs: Solve the Mystery from Ancient Egypt, by Sean Callery (Kingfisher, 2010) (ISBN 9780753464113). Readers learn to interpret historical codes, symbols, and pictograms to follow clues and find answers.
In Hieroglyphs, author Sean Callery presents the reader with a museum displaying one golden Egyptian cat statue. Its mate has gone missing. It's up to the reader to find it. Starting with a display case, the reader searches for clues and must learn to interpret ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs to solve the mystery. The key to Egyptian history, the hieroglyphic record, comes alive in this interesting test of the reader's reasoning skills. There is an accompanying CD disc.
The book is recommended for readers ages 9-12. Our book trailer below tells the tale (or tail, since we're talking about cats):
Yep, I'm descended from Pharaohic felines of Bastet Temple. (Bastet was an Egyptian sun goddess who was the Pharaoh's guardian and was symbolized by cat figures.) Guess I'm royalty, pretty much. You may serve me my tuna-in-oil now. In a crystal dish, with garnish, thank you very much.