Publisher: Faber & Faber
Number of pages: 80
Weight: 130 g
Dimensions: 180 x 140 x 6 mm
"Though Ava is the only one who can see Squishy McFluff's whiskers and silvery white fur, her parents welcome their daughter's invisible kitten into their house. The two are inseparable, and as Squishy only eats invisible treats, he's no trouble at all to have around--that is, until he starts causing mischief. Ava quickly passes the blame for the marker on the curtains, the overturned glass, and the pigeon in the bathroom to her invisible companion. It takes a tactful visit from Great-Granddad Bill for the little girl to understand that poor behavior has consequences, even in pets. When Squishy's supply of invisible fish is threatened as comeuppance, Ava vows to teach him to be good. While she never owns up to her misdeeds, Ava's genuine concern for Squishy reveals that the behavior lesson has been taken to heart. This playful early chapter book will attract emergent readers with its rhyming text, widely spaced lines, and sweet red-and-blue illustrations. Look for book two in this funny British series, Squishy McFluff: Supermarket Sweep!, published simultaneously."
"In a punchy rhyming escapade, debut author Jones introduces an inventive girl named Ava and her invisible cat, Squishy McFluff. When household mishaps coincide with Squishy's arrival, it's time for him to go--until Ava's clever Great Grandad Bill intervenes. Jones's singsong verse is long-winded at times ("He's ever so small, / he just doesn't know better./ He felt very bad/ for unraveling that sweater, / And you must understand/ that kittens are frisky, / He didn't deliberately/ spill Daddy's whisky"), though it gives the story the feel of an epic poem. Norwegian artist Okstad's pink and teal graphics nicely highlight the mischievous goings-on." Available simultaneously: Supermarket Sweep! Ages 5-7.
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