Saturday, 4 June 2011

Pocket Cats #9: Friends Forever by Kitty Wells

March 2011, David Fickling Books
208 pages, Paperback
Review copy 

Children's, 5+ 

Fluffy kittens, allergies, strong bonds of friendship, becoming a teenager, school life, visiting the theatre, improvisation, diversions, lots of humour, keep tissues handy,

Maddy has always wanted a cat, but now she's got something even better - three small ceramic cats which come to life and give her magical powers!

When not one, not two, but ALL THREE Pocket Cats come to life, Maddy knows she's in for a big adventure. Maddy is thrilled to see Greykin, Nibs and Ollie together, but triple magic must mean there's a BIG problem to solve. And there is! Poor Maddy is faced with the most difficult decision ever: if she helps her tiny friends, she'll lose them forever... But every cloud has a silver lining, and the little Pocket Cats use their magic powers to give Maddy the most wonderful farewell present she could imagine.

Nayuleska's reasons for loving Maddy...she's a sweet girl and has so much fun with the cats. I'd love them myself! She shows true strength in character when she has to say goodbye to them. 

Is there another character who deserves a special mention? Yes - all three cats! Nibs, Ollie & Greykins have distinctive personalities, and having them together makes for the best book in the series (even if it is the worst one too (because it ends. Writing is superb!)

How evil/nasty is the enemy The only enemy is time, for Maddy doesn't have much time left with the cats, or have much time to figure out where the key item is at the theatre. 

Are there plenty of plot twists and surprises? There is enough for this style of book. I was surprised at how the book ended, and the steps Maddy had to take - who knew her dancing lessons would come in handy! Shame she can't tell anyone about her stage debut. 

One of my favourite parts was...the end. I always tear up when the cats go back to being inanimate. This was the last one, and knowing how besotted Maddy is with them, the page was getting blurry. Maddy learned that all things must come to an end - but usually something equally fun is around the corner. 

I proudly give it 10/10 (what other grade is there?!) The entire series has been a delight to read. I don't think I've got all of them - so I'm going to make sure I have the entire collection. I like to have lighter reads before bed, so this will be read at night. 

Suggested reads
Definitely read all the other books in the series. #8 is also reviewed today (link to follow). Another in the series is Dancing Dreams

Pocket Cats has ended, but, just as in this last book, there is good news - the first book of LA Weatherly's next series (Kitty Wells is an alias) is out in June! It is Seahorse Stars: First Aid Friends. My copy has just arrived and I'm eager to read it! Doesn't it look lovely?

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