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Wednesday 4 October 2017

Review: Finn and Puss

I've always had a soft spot for stories about children finding friends in pets.

Here, a lonely boy meets a lost cat and the two become good friends.

But this is a tale with a conscience and, when Finn discovers that someone is looking for the lost cat, he is torn between his love for Puss and doing the right thing.

The sentences are short and simple, but the emotion shines through with warmth and clarity in this heartfelt book about friendship and integrity. 

Melissa Mackie's illustrations are radiant. Her use of white space and bold close-ups capture the depth of feeling in each scene, while her soft palette and gentle style reflect the simple beauty of the message.

Of course, Finn does the right thing and hands Puss back to her original owner. And he is rewarded with what he wants most in the world: friendship.

The message is conveyed in a softly-softly manner and can easily translate to other tough moral situations that younger kids might face. It's a beautiful opportunity to open up discussions of ethics and compassion, in the face of loss and despair.

Title: Finn and Puss
Author: Robert Vescio
Illustrator: Melissa Mackie
Publisher: EK Books, $19.99
Publication Date: 1 October 2017
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781925335507
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book

You can read more about the thought process behind Finn & Puss in a fascinating guest post by Robert, here.