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Tuesday 26 July 2011

Review: Paws, Claws and Frilly Drawers

Molly Potsome lives next door to the Von Volavon family. The decidedly sour Saffron and her tubby little brother Dylan are just back from an island vacation and Molly watches from her bedroom window as the family returns home.

When Saffron notices Molly watching her, she scowls and dobs to her mum that Molly is spying on her. And so begins the sticky relationship between cat-loving Molly and this prickly, attention-seeking neighbour.

Molly is about to start at her new school and she's feeling rather nervous. She's been looking after Saffron's cat, Mimi (or Madam Mimi Mew Mew Von Volavon) and unbenownst to the Von Volavon family, this self-assured cat is rather special.

She can talk. Oh - and she loves to play dress-ups.

Hoping to form a friendship with Saffron, Molly figures a talking cat may be something that bring them together but Saffron detests the cat, and has no idea Mimi can talk.

When Bring Your Pet to School day comes around, Molly has a chance to take Mimi to school - with hilarious results. Can Mimi become the glue that helps these two young girls form a friendship? Or will Mimi cause more drama than BFF matchmaking?

I would have loved this book as a child. Its well-rounded characters, schoolyard/friendship themes and hilarious talking cat make for loads of dry humour, delightful surprises and much fun.What young girl wouldn't squeal over a droll cat suddenly appearing in Cleopatra garb or turning up on the windowsill dressed as a cat burglar?

Sweetly written and gorgeously illustrated with line drawings and fanciful typesetting, I sooo want a cat like Mimi. But not a neighbour like Saffron.

Title: Paws, Claws and Frilly Drawers
Author: Sarah Horne
Publisher: Scholastic, $9.99 RRP
Format: Softcover
Publication Date: 1 July 2011

ISBN: 9781741698817
For ages: 6-10
Type: Junior Fiction, Young Junior Fiction