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Review: Captain’s Purr

Title: Captain’s Purr

Author: Madeleine Floyd

What it’s about: Captain is like any other cat. He eats, he sleeps and he purrs. A lot. But this is by day. By  night, he sneaks out of the house, climbs into his rowing boat and visits his sweetheart. They hold paws till nearly dawn, then Captain rows back home to clean himself, eat and sleep all over again.

Holly’s review: Captain is very, very lazy by day but at night he gets very energetic, strong and romantic. Some cats may be romantic but you don’t normally come across them. You never know though. I like that Captain has different sides to him and how he has been written. It’s a calm story and I love the pictures – they are in a different style to a lot of books and when you look at them it’s like sinking into them.

Sam’s review: What appealed to me when I bought this book for Holly when she was younger were the unusual drawings, which Holly has already commented on. They have been done in watercolours which gives them a more fluid appearance to the usual block colours and shapes in children’s books. The style of writing is simple too but not simplistic. It’s a great idea to have the twist of the romance too – sure to tickle any parent or child’s imagination.

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Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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