NZ Writer and Illustrator
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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