Review: The Home-Made Cat Café

cover-poppy's placeTitle: The Home-Made Cat Café
Author: Katrina Charman
Illustrator: Lucy Truman
Series: Poppy’s Place #1
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Age: 9+
Available: March 10th


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!

Source: ARC from Little Tiger via NetGalley

Do you have a cat-loving child in your life? Then this is probably the book for them. Eleven-year-old Isla is crazy for cats, but despite her mum working at a nearby vets, Isla isn’t allowed any pets. But when her lonely grandmother comes to stay for the summer, and a lovely abandoned cat is brought in for treatment, Isla sees her chance to do something good – and gain herself a cat into the bargain.

With a little help from her older sister and little brother, Isla soon ends up looking after more cats than she bargained for – now all she has to do is find a way to convince her mum to let her keep them.

This book is great. Isla and her family are fun characters, the cats are very cute and the story itself skips along quite quickly with lots of lovely illustrations to keep slower readers interested. It’s not just about cats, though, there’s also a bit about taking care of the elderly and living with a teenager as well as a younger brother who is self-conscious about his hearing aid. It’s about family life and living with pets, as well as the good animals can do.

Perfect for any young animal lovers in your life, I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Isla’s cat-themed adventures in the future.

The Home-Made Cat Café is out March 10th!
Visit Katrina Charman for more details.


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