March 2016, Stripes Publishing, 192 pages, Paperback, Review copy
Summary from Little Tiger Press
Isla Palmer is CRAZY about cats — SUPER-IN-LOVE crazy — but her vet-nurse mum has never let her have one. Then Isla meets Poppy, a gorgeous cat in need of a loving home, and comes up with the perfect way to convince Mum.
It’s not long before Poppy has transformed life at the Palmers’ – everyone is happier, especially Gran, and even Isla’s older sister Tilda admits she likes having Poppy around. But Poppy isn’t the only one in need of a home and soon their house is full of cats. With Mum at her wits’ end, Isla needs to come up with a plan and fast!
Best book EVER!! The illustrations are cute and had me going aww a lot. It wasn't until after I read Isla's tale that I saw what cat cafes are like - I so want to go to one! Isla doesn't get to open the cafe in this book, but all the preparations are made after a lot of convincing her family it's a good idea.
I love how much Poppy the cat changes Isla's grandmothet, animals are miraculous in the comfort they can give when life is tough. I love how eventually Isla,'s whole family chip in to make the business worthwhile, everyone using their own unique skills to help the business get going. The issues Isla faces aren't insurmoumtable but I did hold my breath in a few places. I'm so excited about book 2, and very eager to reread this book!
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