Post Script: Monsieur Chat – Jedda Robaard

Monsieur Chat

Monsieur Chat

Jedda Robaard

The Five Mile Press

ISBN: 9781760405007



Once there were two very lonely people who lived in a very old apartment block, in a very busy city.


Although they had lived there a very long time, they’d never met.


Their names were Josephine and Pierre and each spent their days wistful and alone until… Monsieur Chat arrived! Each feels less lonely with him around, but when he disappears a desperate search unites them and changes their lives forever…


Jedda’s delicate illustrations will convert another whole new league of fans.


Lovely retro-style pictures with lift-up flaps showing hidden details so children will feel like they are in on a secret.


Children love being smarter than adults and they will relish the fact that they can see Monsieur Chat but Josephine and Pierre can’t.


Adults will enjoy the subtle reference to Sleepless in Seattle.



My View:

This book is such a delight to read and to share with your little one – beautiful, divine illustrations, gorgeous prose and the “magic” of lift up flaps – a great device for “sharing the secrets” of this narrative, this device always brings such joy, “surprising” the littlies, it really involves them in the storytelling and there are plenty of opportunities for the adult readers to point out/talk about the many items hidden behind the flaps, to “see” what the adults cannot…such fun.


I love a children’s book that “grows” with the child; for younger children I can open the pages and devise my own stories, discuss features on the pages, talk about /point out colours/objects/ and animals for example (this is where the beautiful illustrations are such a valuable resource) and then as the child grows and has a greater ability to concentrate and to follow the narrative I can read the words and discuss the themes with them.


A book that grows with your child is a book that will be loved for a long time, this one has a special place on my grandson’s book shelf.




Post Script: I Don’t Know What To Call My Cat – Simon Philip and Ella Bailey


I Don’t Know What to Call My Cat

Simon Philip and Ella Bailey

Simon & Schuster Australia

ISBN: 9781471124129



When a cat unexpectedly arrives at her house, a little girl takes him in and tries to find the perfect name. Kitty? Rambo? Mr. Maestro? None of these is quite right. Cat owning is harder than she imagined, and then the cat disappears! Good thing her next pet arrives so unexpectedly—and he’s easy to name, even if he is a bit naughty. But when Steve the Gorilla proves to be much too mischievous to be a pet, the missing, nameless cat just might turn out to be a hero!



My View:

A really fun read that children will love (and adults will smile as they read it too).


Cute, colourful and laugh out loud funny this little story and the images that accompany it are delightful.  This book has a lot to offer the early reader – plenty of locations to spark discussions eg the Vet, the zoo, home, cafes, and activities to discuss. Colour and more colour floods the pages with plenty of opportunities for caregiver/reader and child to enjoy the silliness. A delight to read and share.


Post Script: Pounce – Seth Casteel

Once you see this cuteness you cannot un-see it!


Seth Casteel

Little Brown and Company

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780316349222



Photographer Seth Casteel’s underwater photographs of dogs and babies have captivated an international audience. Now, Seth has found the perfect way to capture our other best friends: cats!


A beautiful, funny gift book with more than 70 previously unpublished photographs, Pounce reveals adorable cats and kittens as they pounce and jump through the air, arms outstretched — all in Casteel’s signature up-close, mid-action style.



My View:

Once you see this cuteness you cannot un-see it!


This is the prefect book for all cat lovers. When you look at these playful, sometimes intense, cute pictures you cannot help but be charmed and smile and smile.  I know a special someone who would love this book – for a birthday, for Christmas – for any time actually!



Pop over to Tracey’s blog for a chance to win a copy of Pounce
Entries close midnight Friday 25th November 2016




Post Script: I am Doodle Cat – Kat Patrick and Lauren Marriott

Vibrant, fun and inclusive – this children’s book has a lot to offer.

I am Doodle Cat

I am Doodle Cat

Kat Patrick & Lauren Marriott


Scribe Publications

ISBN: 9781925321258



I Am Doodle Cat and I am one very proud drawing. I’m red like a really ripe tomato. Sometimes I find it hard to choose between dancing and clawing the rug so I just do both at the same time. I make long lists of the things I love because it’s important to remember what makes you happy. I’ll help you spot the magic in silliness and the greatness in pretty much everything. Also, my best friend is a pangolin. Let’s be pals.



My View:

Vibrant, fun and inclusive – this children’s book has a lot to offer.


“I am Doodle Cat is a children’s’ book here to encourage imagination, celebration of all things you love, and finding the magic in silliness.” (Scribe Publications).


The vibrant red Doodle Cat is a fan of so many things that children adore including: making noise, dancing, ice cream, farts, friends, trees, lentils, and his onesie. (I love the illustration that goes with the declaration, “I Love my Onesie”). Read aloud to your toddler or perhaps read with your pre-schooler – so much fun and many opportunities for discussion.  In the last pages Doodle Cat states – “I am Doodle Cat, I love me!” And asks “What do you love?”  “It’s very important to love you. Because really you are pretty great…” (What a great way to boost/build self-esteem)   The last few pages have more of these helpful ways to begin discussions with your child, for example “I Love Fractals – A fractal is a…..” or “I love difference – Difference keeps us interesting….” helpful hints for grandparents, parents and teachers alike! Children will just love it for the fun and the playfulness.

I love Doodle Cat, I am sure you will too!




Post Script – Cats Detachable Postcards to Colour In – Mesdemoiselles

This one is for you FF 🙂

Cover Cats

Cats Postcards: Detachable Postcards to Colour In


Hachette Australia

Octopus Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780600633082




Enjoy colouring in these 20 intricate postcards, or send them to budding artists, anyone who is passionate about colouring in or who simply loves cats.

There’s a whole world to create here. After a few moments of colouring in you’ll forget the stresses of everyday life.



My View:

Great images to colour and you can detach and post them – a fantastic gift idea for a child or the child in you. What more can I add – the description aptly says it all. Creative, stress relieving fun!