Reviewed by Angela Hood
My daughter is a fan of Jacqueline Wilson and was very excited to be chosen to review Paws and Whiskers with stories chosen by Jacqueline Wilson!
We received a hardback copy of the book which is illustrated by Nick Sharratt. The cover is bright with fun pictures of dogs and cats. Before reading the book my daughter spent some time looking at the cover trying to work out the breeds of the different dogs.
The book starts with a foreword from Jacqueline Wilson where she discusses her own cats and her desire to get a dog in the future.
The book has been produced in association with Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, which is where Jacqueline Wilson got her 2 cats and hopes to get a dog in the future.
Following the foreword there are 3 parts to the book – Cat Stories, Pets’ Corner and Dog Stories, with each section containing a number of stories. Jacqueline Wilson has written the first story and there follows extracts from stories written by writers of today and classic stories. Each story starts with a fun introduction from Jacqueline Wilson which gives her reasons for enjoying the particular story and also puts it in context.
As we have recently adopted our own puppy my daughter went straight to the Dog Stories. She did not read the book in the usual way but picked and chose the next story to read depending on her mood. There were stories from writers that she was familiar with such as Enid Blyton and Lewis Carroll and stories from writers she was yet to discover. She enjoyed every story.
Out of all the stories my daughter’s favourite was the story from Jacqueline Wilson – Leonie’s Pet Cat. This story was read several times before moving onto the next. Within the story there is a Girls Club, this inspired my daughter to start her own club in school and she even made some membership cards for her friends.
Another favourite was the extract from Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. She has since obtained a copy of the full book and is excited to get started reading it.
My daughter is 8 years old but is an advanced reader so I would say that this would be a suitable book for children of 8 or 9 upwards. She tells me that she would definitely recommend this book to her friends and judging by the time she has spent reading and rereading the book I would too!
The book has an RRP of £12.99. I think that this is a fair price given the number of stories and the fact that it is a hardback. Also it wonderful that for every copy sold a royalty goes to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
Available to buy in hardback, paperback or as an eBook from Random House here.