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Review: Pog and the Birdies

Title: Pog and the Birdies

Author: Jane Simmons

What it’s about: Unlike most cats, when Pog hears birds sing he thinks it’s the nicest sound in the world and he enjoys nothing better than sitting with his feathered friends to hear their songs. However, when his friend Puss-tat comes along and encourages Pog to play catch the birdie, the birds start keeping their distance and Pog is devastated. Will he ever be able to sit with his friends again?

Holly’s review: I liked this because, for once, there’s a cat in a story who likes birds and wants to listen to and watch them. This is a beautiful book with loads of beautiful drawings.

Sam’s review: Holly first read this book at school and begged us to buy it for her because she loved it so much. Reading it with her it’s easy to see why. The drawings are charming, as is the story. And as Holly says, it’s unusual to find a cat that wants to just sit with the birds rather than chase them! It’s a gentle way to encourage children to stand up for what they like and who they are rather than give in to peer pressure – if that doesn’t sound too precious!

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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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