How much blue needs to be on a cover for it to be considered blue? How blue is blue? When does it become more purple or grey, or green? To continue my theme with this meme, I thought about a book I hadn’t reviewed that I remembered being blue, and one book popped into my head.
Then I looked through the pile of unreviewed books for ones that looked blue:
Blue is quite popular on books, isn’t it? Cough. June is going to be the month I write about lots of books (I hope!)
But I decided to stick with the first one I thought of.
Squishy McFluff The Invisible Cat: Pip Jones & Ella Okstad (Faber and Faber, 2014)
I love this style of early reader / picture book / mini book / temptation in book form that’s along the lines of the Claude books (I have a whole post on several different series that fit this format, I just haven’t finished writing it yet…) Squishy McFluff takes the duochrome format and goes triochrome (I think I’m making these words up now) with the interior printed in shades of blue and pink (with black) which makes these books accessible from an even younger age. Readable by advanced younger readers, this story is also just short enough to comfortably read aloud, and the format size and picture-packed pages mean non-readers can happily pretend to ‘read’ it (well, that’s what my non-reader does!)
Squishy McFluff is an invisible cat belonging to Ava. She finds him one day in the garden and he mum lets her ‘keep’ him, but Squishy gets into all sorts of trouble making mess with paints and pens and as it’s not Ava’s fault, mum and dad just don’t know what to do. Fortunately Great Grandad Bill knows just what to suggest… Told in rhyme, this is a lovely tale for any child who has an imaginary friend or pet, or just an imagination! Squishy gets up to all sorts of mischief – not Ava, oh no! – which appeals to all children. Great fun and a rhyming story that works well.
Even better, there’s a second book (Squishy McFluff: Supermarket Sweep) out in August 2014 🙂
Disclosure: Squishy McFluff received for review from Faber and Faber.