The Classroom Cat is the fifth book in the series of books about the adventures, misadventures and wild imaginations of the year two children at Wigglesbottom Primary School.
It’s never boring in Miss. Riley’s class. A cat has leapt in through the window and perched itself on Miss. R’s desk. Is classroom cat trying to warn the children about the dangerous fish for lunch? Out on the playground, will a puddle crisp give one of the children a life-threatening illness? And is an extra child on the trip to the museum the cause of some rather strange events? 2R may not have all the answers but they’re going to have a lot of fun trying to work everything out…
Delightfully silly and full of fun and childish antics, Pamela Butchart’s three short stories in under one-hundred pages with fabulous two-tone illustrations by Becka Moor guarantee giggles. Whether it’s laughing at the unexpected arrival of the classroom cat, grossing out at the puddle crisp, delighting in invisible Margaret's mischief or chortling at the children’s logic and explanations for the events and situations that they find themselves in, each page is a rib-ticking riot.
Butchart has a wonderful understanding of how a child’s mind works and much of the action will all be rather familiar to young children and any primary school teachers; the cheer of the children when it is time to go to the gift shop on the class trip, the fear of school dinners and what can be done to get out of eating them, the over-the-top reaction to eating something that has fallen on the floor - yep, if you eat a puddle crisp then you’re going to get puddle-pox which is like the plague, just much worse.
Each story immediately hooks the reader in, problems or strange occurrences quickly follow and then the children’s minds go into overdrive as they draw their own conclusions to explain things; the cat is obviously trying to warn them that the fish is dangerous, the puddle crisp will definitely cause a deadly disease and imaginary friend Margaret must be responsible for all of the weird things happening on the school trip. Everything is always resolved and properly explained by the end but there’s always one final twist or gag, Butchart loves the children to have the last laugh.
If you’re looking for laugh-out-loud early chapter books for children, Pamela Butchart and the Wigglesbottom Primary series is a very good place to start (books can be read in any order). These hilarious classroom hijinks score top marks from me!
Recommended for 6+.