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To Be A Cat

To Be A Cat (Paperback)

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Barney Willow's life couldn't get any worse. He's weedy, with sticky-out ears. Horrible Gavin Needle loves tormenting him - Barney has no idea why. And headteacher-from-hell Miss Whipmire seems determined to make every second of Barney's existence a complete misery! Worst of all, Dad has been missing for almost a year, and there's no sign of him ever coming home.



Barney just wants to escape. To find another life. To be a cat, for example. A quiet, lazy cat. Things would be so much easier - right?

Children'sFiction & true storiesFantasy & magical realismChildren'sFiction & true storiesGeneral fiction Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK Publication Date: 02/05/2013 ISBN-13: 9780552564342  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Matt Haig's first novel for young readers, Shadow Forest, won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award. He is also the author of various adult novels, including the bestsellers The Last Family in England and The Radleys. Reviewers have called his writing 'totally engrossing', 'touching, quirky and macabre' and 'so surprising and strange that it vaults into a realm all of its own'. His books have been translated into 25 languages. He lives in York and is currently writer-in-residence for Booktrust. He assures us he has never, ever been a cat, despite rumours he was once a rather grumpy ginger moggy named Jeffrey.

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I think a child would find this book exciting, imaginative and at the same time it engages deep emotions. For example, the teacher and some of his classmates appear cruel; his mother is often too busy and he is sad that his father has disappeared. On the whole things work out well, although not every strand is wrapped up, reflecting true life. The boy realises that he is loved which is an important message. The girl character is most interesting and well-drawn. I agree with the suggested age of 9+, although I realise that children vary so much in their reading ability and taste. It is a story that children will undoubtedly remember. The bits of humour and characters' names bring many a smile. It is rather unusual to read words from the author to the reader, but this does not happen too often and seems to work. A worthwhile read. I recommend this book.

- 18/02/2015
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