The invisible cat!

Pip Jones

Book - 2014

Can you see him? My kitten? Close your eyes tight. His fur is so soft and all silvery white Imagine him quick! Have you imagined enough? Oh, good, you can see him! It's Squishy McFluff! When Ava discovers an imaginary cat in the cabbage patch, she knows she's found a new best friend.

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Series
Jones, Pip. Squishy McFluff.
Subjects
Genres
Stories in rhyme
Published
London : Faber & Faber 2014.
Language
English
Physical Description
68 pages : colour illustrations ; 19 cm
ISBN
9780571302505
0571302505
Main Author
Pip Jones (author)
Other Authors
Ella K. Okstad (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

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. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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. (Apr.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—These charming British imports introduce children to Ava and her invisible cat, the adorable Squishy McFluff. The first book tells the story of Ava playing outside and "finding" the cat in the vegetable garden. The two play happily together, and Ava brings Squishy home and introduces him to her mother. Mummy plays along at first, pretending to see the cat, until Squishy's antics get out of control. Mummy tries to get rid of Squishy but to no avail. Eventually, Ava assures her mother that Squishy will learn to behave, and Mummy agrees to let him stay. In the second book, Squishy's exploits continue, this time at the grocery story—to Mummy's great consternation. Children will giggle at Squishy's misadventures and want to read more. VERDICT Rhyming text and simple, three-color illustrations make this a thumbs-up choice for early chapter readers.—Kathy Kirchoefer, Henderson County Public Library, NC Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When Ava discovers an imaginary cat in the cabbage patch, she knows she's found a new best friend. Together, Ava and Squishy McFluff get up to all kinds of mischief...

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"How much mischief can an invisible cat cause? Plenty, if that cat is Squishy McFluff.... Ava and Squishy charm. Readers will wish that they had a kitty to blame their misdeeds on when they've acted…naughty."
—Kirkus Reviews"This playful early chapter book will attract emergent readers with its rhyming text, widely spaced lines, and sweet red-and-blue illustrations."
—Booklist

Introducing Squishy McFluff! The purr-fect imaginary friend.

When Ava discovers an imaginary cat in the cabbage patch, she knows she's found a new best friend. Together, Ava and Squishy McFluff get up to all kinds of mischief...

Comical rhyming verse - reminiscent of Dr Seuss - for children aged four and above. Complimented by gentle illustrations, this is a wonderful series to help early readers build confidence.