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Monday 20 June 2011

Review: Little Cat and the Big Red Bus

Oh my – talk about tear-jerking.

Little Cat riding on the big red bus sent me reeling back to childhood when my own father failed to collect me from preschool. I can still feel the heart wrenching terror as all the kids disappeared at the end of the day and I was left sitting with the teacher, the class cat leaping up to tug at my dangling shoelaces.

So I felt the snippet of concern when Little Cat has to catch the bus without her big sister. I felt the slow-growing fear as the bus drains of kids to leave the seats yawningly vacant. I felt the draining terror when Little Cat wakes in the dark bus depot, all alone.

Very quickly, though, I felt the heart-lifting promise of help as the bus driver appears in the darkness. The warmth of the blanket, the safety of the front-seat-special-spot next to the kind driver, the growing hope as home appears on the horizon.

Jane Godwin has penned a gorgeous and timeless story, beautifully complemented by Anna Walker’s truly breathtaking illustrations. Simple, whimsical, heartfelt and something you want to plaster your child’s bedroom walls with, it’s no wonder Walker’s artwork is so very adored by children and adults alike.

I so hope this talented duo get together again very soon – and produce something else to tug so gently and irresistibly at the heartstrings.

Title: Little Cat and the Big Red Bus
Author: Jane Godwin
Illustrator: Anna Walker
Publisher: Puffin, $14.95
Publication Date: 31 May 2010
ISBN: 9780143504122
Format: Soft cover
For ages: 5 – 10
Type: Picture Book