This is an absolutely gorgeous early reader book. It is divided into three little chapters so is a little more in depth than a picture book (it’s also just over 70 pages long compared to the 32 most picture books are) but still has that utterly charming feel.
Each pair of pages contains just a few lines of dialogue, all rhyming, telling the story of how Ava finds Squishy McFluff and brings him into her family. Like all good imaginary friends Squishy McFluff is prone to a bit of mischief, causing a little havoc for Ava’s very understanding and welcoming parents. A few times I giggled out loud at the things they got up to.
Ella Oakstad’s illustrations are really very lovely. Their muted tones work very well, and they fit the text and feel of the book perfectly. To draw an invisible cat and convey its invisibility must be a challenge, but it’s one that is definitely achieved.
Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat is the first in a new series, I can see them becoming firm favourites. This trailer helps to show off the loveliness of the books:
Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat is published in the UK by Faber & Faber. Whilst I was provided with a copy of the book by the publisher all opinions expressed are my own.