There’s no such thing as too many cats, or is there… Animals are everywhere except in Jackson’s house in this furry and funny animal caper from master of kids comedy, Jeremy Strong.
Everyone in Jackson’s class has a pet. All Jackson has is a little bother, and Freddie does not make a very good pet. A chance meeting on the way to school with the eccentric Man With The Top Hat and his cat Mrs Wilson ends with a promise of pets. Jackson is sure that the old man is joking until he arrives home and finds that he hasn’t just got the pet that he wants, he has got a whole lot more…
A fabulous laugh-out-loud, purr-till-your-belly-hurts story of a boy who desperately wants a pet, a few friends wouldn’t go a miss either. Full of surprises and feline delights and bursting with irresistible humour, this is the purr-fect tale of pet problems for animal lovers. The cats - of which there are lots - have the most brilliant names and their personalities leap right off of the page. Everyone will have a favourite, I particularly like Cheesecake Charlie, Six Toe Sam and Mr Banana.
In this recognisable story of not getting something you want, children will easily relate to Jackson and will empathise with his feelings of being the odd one out amongst his peers and his frustrations at the excuses his parents come up with for not getting a pet. Animals have amazing powers - aside from giving dad the opportunity to come up with terrible ‘dad jokes’ - they can be friends, listeners and comforters. Jackson finds the strength to make friends, overcome nerves and gains the confidence to talk to other children through his feline companions.
Manageable chunks of text, short chapters and plenty of expressive, colourful illustrations support the development of reading confidence and stamina in this delightful little package. The adorable cat-covered endpapers and a spot the difference are lovely touches that will be appreciated by young readers. This title certainly is ‘the cat’s whiskers.’
Recommended for 5+.