We love to read in our family. The boys have loads of books and we read together every night. We usually read two books, but quite often that ends up being three, or even four.
A few weeks ago the boys were telling me what they loved about one of the books they were reading. The stuff they were coming out with was pretty funny and it occurred to me, why not review these books on the blog.
The boys favourite author has to be Julia Donaldson. We have re-read her books so many times they are all getting a bit dog-eared. But, that is half the fun isn’t it?
So, in this review we thought we would look at Tabby McTat. I choose this because it is one of my personal favourites.
Tabby McTat: Premise
“Tabby McTat was a buskers cat, with a miaow that was loud and strong”
The book follows the story of Tabby McTat. It starts off as he teams up with his best pal Fred the busker, singing songs and entertaining passers by. One day Tabby goes of for a walk leaving the busker behind and subsequently they are separated.
With nowhere to go, Tabby turns to his new cat-pal (and future wife), Sock, and her owners Prunella and Pat, who take him in. Although Tabby has a ‘very comfortable life’ and eventually has a kitten family of his own, Tabby can’t forget about Fred.
Will Fred and Tabby eventually be reunited? Will Tabby’s son, Samual Spratt, follow in his tuneful Daddy’s footsteps?
Bob D: ” I like the two cats, that is the best. The book is good and funny”. When asked what he didn’t like about the book, he said: “your singing” – charming!
Bob L: ” I like [samual] spratt, he is my favourite. He has a red necklace [by this he means neckerchief]”. When asked what he didn’t like he said: “hmmm… there are no zebras, I would like more zebras”
One of the reasons we love Julia Donaldson is the rhyming structure of her stories. This adds fun to her stories and are easy to read aloud. Tabby McTat even has some songs in there so I get to practice my singing, much to my hubby’s dismay!
This story, although in parts sad, shows the power of friendships. It also provides little ones with an opportunity to think about what life is like for animals, which is particularly important if they have a pet cat in the home.
The boys have been reading this story for years and they are only 4. It really is a great book for all ages.
Some may also recognise the illustrations by Axel Sheffler. Axel is the illustrator behind the Gruffulo, and he doesn’t disappoint with this book. The story aside there are plenty of other things to look out for. Each page has a variety of things happening in the backgrounds and the boys love searching for the planes and helicopters. Also it is always fun to search for the hidden Gruffulo in these books, which has become a bit of a trademark with his books.
I have deliberately picked a book to kick off our children’s book review series because it is one of my all time favourite kids books. So it will be no surprise that I have given this full marks. Don’t worry I am going to balance this out with a book I really didn’t get on with in the next review!
Tabby McTat is available to buy from all good book shops. You can also buy online at Amazon and Waterstones.
Have you read Tabby McTat?
What did you think of it?
Did you found the Gruffulo?