Book Review, Early Reader

Captain Whiskers by Jeremy Strong

Captain Whiskers, written by Jeremy Strong and illustrated by Matt Robertson, is a wonderful, laugh out loud story of a boy who desperately wants a pet.  Published by Barrington Stoke, it is an appealing “Little Gem” story for young readers (age 5-8). As an early chapter book, it builds confidence through manageable sections of text, short chapters and many large, colourful illustrations. Children will develop their reading endurance with this incredibly appetizing story.

In this relatable tale, Jackson thinks everyone in his class has a pet except him.  Children will understand this feeling of being different from their friends, the camaraderie of the classroom and the excuses parents come up with when they want to say, “No”.  They will thoroughly enjoy the chance to laugh at the adults in the story – whether it’s at Dad’s bad jokes or the teacher’s cheeky parrot! The bright, charming illustrations add to the fun with expressive cats whose personalities jump right off the page! As the story progresses, Jackson meets a magical man in a strange top hat. Will Jackson’s wish come true or will he end up with more than he bargained for?

We’re a family of cat lovers and this is definitely a book for us! The cats have the most fantastic names and charm everyone they meet with their amazing feline powers. Cats are friends, confidants and provide unending comfort and confidence. Jackson (and many other children) find their voice and the confidence to be themselves through relationships with these magical creatures. 

This book exemplifies reading for pleasure and should find its way into every classroom and home. It’s the kind of book that children will remember and want to read over and over again.

Special thanks to Barrington Stoke for this copy of Captain Whiskers! It will be released in the UK in March 2020.

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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