Cats Ahoy – A perfect rhyming read for little ones.

July 28, 2011Mandi Morrison
A swashbuckling tale of pirate plunder, derring do and a huge
haul of haddock!
When Alfonso the cat hears there’s a boat coming into harbour carrying its largest ever catch, he hatches a plan. It’s brave! It’s bold! And it involves a ghost pirate ship, some rather gullible fishermen, and cats … LOTS of cats.
With an infectious rhyming text and laugh-out-loud illustrations, this book is set to become a firm favourite for fans of life on the high seas.
Peter Bently lives in the writer-filled town of Totnes with his wife and a perfect ready-made audience of two young children. He enjoys visiting schools and sharing his writing. Inspired by living close to the sea, Peter’s first book for Macmillan was the terrifically toothy THE SHARK IN THE DARK. Staying with the watery theme, Peter has employed his trademark humour and mastery of rhyme once again to the fun-filled CATS AHOY!
Jim Field is a lead-driven, pencil-pushing, 25-frames-per-second, Led Zeppelin fan. He is also a hugely talented illustrator and animation director whose previous clients have included Waterstone’s, Sainsbury’s, Oxfam, The Independent, The Guardian, The FT, Channel 4, Virgin Mobile, Nokia, GQ, Haymarket and BAC. CATS AHOY! will be Jim’s first picture book, and his vibrant, energetic style and witty detail is sure to delight children and adults alike.

We received this book to review and my children think its great. There are pirates for Kaide and Cats for Eowyn and Neva, all rolled into one.

It is a rhyming book which always seems to make for good, fun reading. It isn’t too long so even at aged 2.5 Eowyn sat and listened to it without being distracted. The illustrations are funny with lots going on, it has friendly looking cats, even when dressed as Pirates.

Both Xene and Lochlan enjoyed reading this book to the younger ones and I could hear them reading it in character voices, which is always a good sign that a book has met with their approval.

I would definitely recommend this book for families with young children as it is short enough to hold their attention and its the kind of book you don’t mind reading over and over.

It is also perfect for slightly older children like Kaide who is learning to read, because of the rhyming, if he gets stuck on a word, chances are he can figure it out because of the previous sentence ending.

A great read for everyone!

Comments (1)

  • Danielle Lack

    January 27, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I loved reading about this! Me and my little boy love reading books 🙂 Could i please ask where i can find this book please??x

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