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Weekend Reading: ‘Smokey’s Great Escape’ (Kitten Club) – Sue Mongredien

“Mia adores her new kitten, but her parents are worried that she’s so busy with after school clubs she won’t have time to take care of him.

Mia promises to be organized, but even with her best intentions she forgets to feed Smokey one morning, and when she gets home from school her lovable kitten has disappeared…”

In our house we’re already BIG fans of Sue Mongredien. She’s such a super talented and prolific writer, with over one hundred books to her name, including the ‘Oliver Moon’ series (which Middlest adored) and ‘The Secret Mermaid’ series (which Littlest loves). So, you can imagine Littlest’s utter delight when she unexpectedly received an envelope addressed just to her and in it found ‘Smokey’s Great Escape’. You see, I’d posted on twitter (which is magic) that we were getting a kitten and lovely Lauren from Stripes Publishing read my tweet. She then sent Littlest a copy and made my little girl squeak. (Lauren really is very lovely)

‘Smokey’s Great Escape’ (Kitten Club) could fall somewhere between the adventures experienced by Kirsty and Rachel in the Rainbow Magic series (some of which Sue writes and a series that we’ve almost exhausted) and Disney’s Buddies collection. The premise of the series is that six girls have met whilst choosing their new kittens from a litter born at a local farm. The girls quickly become friends and form a Kitten Club (complete with secret Kitten Club code name). I am guessing that each of the series will initially focus in on each of the kittens and little girls. ‘Smokey’s Great Escape’ is all about Mia and Smokey, as well as firmly establishing the other characters. Sue Mongredien is super (bow at her feet) talented and the writing appears effortless, but most importantly she absolutely and utterly understands what children want to read. There is nothing forced or false about the writing, instead this is honest storytelling that is aimed perfectly at the 6-8 year old little girl market. (I’m sure little boys could like it too, but I can’t help thinking that the purple cover and all female characters will appeal more to girls)

Stripes Publishing are doing super exciting things with children’s books. They are developing books that genuinely appeal to modern children. What I mean by this is that they’re not simply publishing books that they feel children should enjoy, they’re creating books that genuinely excite and engage because of excellent characterisation and flawless stories that are easy to read aloud.

I honestly can’t wait for the rest of the Sue Mongredien’s Kitten Club series. Littlest is six, so we should be able to read a few more before she’s too old (sob) (if you’re listening Sue, can you write a little faster…)

In mine and in Littlest’s opinion, ‘Smokey’s Great Escape’ is a MUST read for ALL 6-8 year old little girls.

You can buy Smokey’s Great Escape (Kitten Club) HERE.

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6 Comments

  • Posted April 24, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link to Stripes Publishing. Just took a look through and found Max Flash which I think my son is going to LOVE.

  • Posted April 25, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the review. My daughter will love this – we are coming down with kittens, rabbits, unicorns and puppies (not in real life, yet!!!)

  • Posted April 25, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Helen – they really are doing exciting things. The Holly Webb books are ace too.

    Teresa (Lovely Treez Reads) – we haven’t read any rabbit books yet, I dare not as I honestly can’t cope with any other pets :) I’m sure your daughter will enjoy this series, it’s so much better than the Magic Puppy/Kitten ones. Also check out the Holly Webb ones, they’re such good reads and honestly what this age groups needs.

    xxx

    xxx

    • Posted April 25, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      Yes, we’re big fans of the Holly Webb ones too and the Sophie series by Dick King Smith. I just have to try and get “someone” dragged away from the Rainbow Fairies! Thank heavens for libraries or we would all be bankrupt with our book buying habits… xx

      • Posted April 26, 2010 at 7:39 am | Permalink

        Oh, we haven’t tried the Sophie series yet! I will, ‘anything’ to escape Rainbow Fairies. After over 50 of them, I think I am craving Jack Frost winning! x

        • Posted April 26, 2010 at 10:23 am | Permalink

          Hmmm, could you not apply to be part of the great Daisy Meadows writing machine and then throw a spanner in the works whereby Mr Frost expires and they all lived happily ever after….just a thought… ;-)

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