Our local libraries (Wirral Libraries) are now offering an order-and-collect service, which is fantastic for our book loving family and also the bank balance! Raise your hand if, like me, you spent all the money saved from staying home during lockdown on books!? Too tempting wasn’t it? But this kind of spending can’t be sustained sadly, so the libraries’ new service couldn’t have come at a better time.
It’s a very easy process – you fill in a form with a few details and preferences, and Voila – don your mask, sanitise your hands and you may enter the library to collect your books. It was on one of our many collections that we picked up this little delight: ‘Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue’ by Paula Harrison.
My 6-year-old, Bo, now happily scurries off to read alone, which I have mixed feelings about – I love that she’s a reader but I kind of miss reading every book with her. Anyway, she read this one in two sittings and adored it. So much so that the next day she was filling in an online order-and-collect form herself (mostly) to request more by Paula Harrison. The really lovely part of the collect service is that it’s a little bit like Christmas; you don’t really know what you’re going to get. Cue a delighted 6-year-old skipping out of the library hugging the next Kitty book – ‘Kitty and the Tiger Treasure’. And guess what – there are more to read too!
So after Bo enjoyed this next book as well and asked for more, I thought I’d have a little read myself. Here’s our review:
Blurb (from back cover)
A magical adventure by the light of the moon.
Kitty’s family is extra special – Mum is a superhero and Kitty knows that one day she’ll use her special powers to be a hero too. That day comes sooner than expected when Figaro the cat comes to her bedroom window to ask for help. But the world at night is a scary place – is Kitty brave enough to step out into the darkness for a thrilling moonlight adventure?
This is a perfect chapter book for early readers who are growing in confidence. Bo is nearly seven and is really drawn to formats like this where the text is clearly spaced out and there’s not too much on each page. The illustrations by Jenny Lovlie really help with this visual draw and are gorgeous too.
The story itself is a playful and inspiring tale of how Kitty learns to believe in herself and her talents as a superhero. Her desire to help others (her new feline friends) is what compels her to face her fears as she journeys out of her window and on her first superhero adventure.
‘She really wanted to help and there was also a tiny part of her that wanted to see what it was like to have an adventure.’Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue by Paula Harrison and Jenny Lovlie
Kitty is a protagonist that many children will identify with. Her fear of the dark, her self doubt and the bravery that emerges once she puts her mind to helping others, is one we can all identify with. It’s a fast paced plot with just the right amount of peril and atmosphere for this age, and a cluster of new feline friends to boot. There’s even some super facts about cats at the ends of the book.
Brimming with the kind of thinking all parents hope to fill their children’s minds with, this book explores how it’s okay to be new at things and to have doubts and fears too, but we can find ways to overcome these, if we have have faith in ourselves, our friends and our strengths.
Bo told me she loved how Kitty was brave and bold. She thought it was a nice story and not too scary. Pumpkin the little ginger kitten was her favourite character because he was cute, and she liked the ending. She thinks everyone should read it because it’s so good and the pictures are great!
I have to admit I’ve already ordered the next three in the series from Waterstones – for Bo’s birthday so I’m allowed to ignore the book-buying-ban just this once!
For more information about Paula Harrison and Kitty’s Midnight Adventures visit here.
For anyone Wirral based, who wants to get in on the order-and-collect fun, visit here.