I am familiar with Pip Jones’ hilarious tales of an arrogant, yet loveable, guinea pig by the name of Piggy Handsome (readers of 7+ should definitely check these out) but this was my first read of one of her books written for emerging readers. In Squishy McFluff, Jones has created another equally memorable character who causes plenty of mischief that will have children laughing their heads off.
When Ava finds a cat in the vegetable patch of her garden they soon become the best of friends. Yes, Squishy McFluff might be invisible, but that won’t stop him and Ava having all sorts of fun and causing all manner of mischief.
This is a very cute rhyming story about a young girl called Ava and her trouble-making, yet loveable, invisible cat. The text is easily accessible to younger readers and the rhyming phrasing makes for a great read-a-loud as long as you can do it without laughing! The story is illustrated by Ella Okstad and she has produced charming and cute drawings using a limited colour palette (shades of blues and pinks).
Squishy McFluff is a perfect read for children who are in need of a read that has more text than a picture book whilst still maintaining all the appeal of a picture book with illustrations on almost every page. The inclusion of chapters definitely make it feel like a more grown-up read which I’m sure young children will delight in.
A read that is brilliant fun and a must read for any child who has ever had an imaginary friend.
Recommended for 5+.