Tabby McTat #monkeybookreview

Tabby McTat #monkeybookreview

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?

Twin Thoughts

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”

My Thoughts

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?




  1. 23rd July 2016 / 9:22 pm

    We love Julia Donaldson books, she is definitely our favourite childrens author. We have started to build up a bit of a collection of her books, but we havent yet read Tabby Mctat so this will definitely be one to add to our book wish list, it sounds great 🙂 Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:13 pm

      We have a collection of her books too, there is only one that didn’t go down so well and the rest we love x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:13 pm

      She is brilliant, just has a way of writing easy to read books x

  2. 20th July 2016 / 8:10 am

    Not my fav by Julia Donaldson. It didn’t seen to go down as well with my class as the others. I’ve yet to beat their reaction when I read them Room on a Broom.


    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:21 pm

      Oh Room on a Broom is a classic, I love that one xxx

  3. 19th July 2016 / 7:04 pm

    Who doesn’t love Julia – My daughters’ have several books by her in their bookcase.#MarvMondays

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:21 pm

      She is a bit of a children’s book legend I think, one of the best xx

  4. Mum-Work-Repeat
    18th July 2016 / 7:21 pm

    These are favourites in our house too. We haven’t got this one, so will add it to the list #MarvMondays

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Oh yes you should, we love it x

  5. 18th July 2016 / 12:46 pm

    Julia Donaldson is a favourite on our house too we love what the ladybird heard next and the smartest giant in town #anythinggoes

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:07 pm

      Oh we read the smartest giant in town at bedtime tonight, another great one x

  6. 18th July 2016 / 8:55 am

    I love Julia’s books so will definitely check this one out! 🙂 #MarvMondays

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:24 pm

      Oh yes please do, it is a favourite 🙂 x

  7. Kerry Norris
    15th July 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Excellent review. We’re always on the look our for new books so we’ll have to get this one x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:14 pm

      Hope you enjoy it x

  8. 13th July 2016 / 10:09 pm

    Julia Donaldson is a huge favourite in our house. We have a big collection of her books, and this one is a very popular one with the girls. The Gruffalo is at the top of their list of faves so they do love searching for him in the illustrations as well as spotting other characters that pop up across the books!

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:16 pm

      Oh I love the Gruffalo as well, it is a favourite and I reckon I could recite it without needing to read the book these days 🙂 x

  9. 13th July 2016 / 9:27 pm

    My little one loves this book! He’s just starting to get into reading so I’m hoping he branched out a little into new books, I’ll have to keep an eye out for your reviews.

    Jordanne ||

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:16 pm

      Oh yes please do, we have loads so figured it was nice to talk about them on the blog. I always like getting new book ideas x

  10. 13th July 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Awwww this sounds like such a lovely book. Glad you all enjoyed it!

    • Double the Monkey Business
      1st August 2016 / 8:08 pm

      DEfinitly a keeper 🙂 x

  11. 13th July 2016 / 8:13 pm

    We have this book and love it. I love Julia Donaldson’s books so much. My favourite so far is Stick Man and Room on the Broom.

    • Double the Monkey Business
      26th July 2016 / 9:17 pm

      Oh we love those two, I really liked the Stick Man short film that was on at Christmas. x

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