Saturday, 14 June 2014

Picture Books

NZ Writer and Illustrator

Errol McLeary   Purrs, Paws and Claws Scholastic NZ 2014  $19.99pb  28pp

ISBN 978 1 7754 3227 2

Themes: Cats/ Stories in rhyme

This book has been sitting on my desk for a few weeks as I  really wasn’t sure about the ‘verses’ which range from brilliant to, to be honest, a tad tedious and hard to read aloud. However, having been visited this morning by an enthusiastic two-year-old-red-head** who thought the verses the funniest he had heard (and he comes from a reading family) and demanded most of them were read at least two times, I came to see them through a child’s mind and admitted I was wrong (again!!). The exuberance and the sheer life force of the images of the cats as they hip-hop, steal jelly, sit in the pasta, take their coats to the Laundromat and have a surprising fright in the dark of the night, are highly addictive. 
Preschool up/ Age 4 up

** Of course Bengy liked the marmalade cats best of all. 

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