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Friday 4 October 2019

Review: Scaredy Cat

Scaredy Cat is a entertaining, read aloud, rhyming story, about a little girl and her four-legged friend.

Scaredy Cat is afraid of all manner of things; bees, sneezes, noises, toys, boys and much much more. Luckily he's got an owner that is brave and unafraid of pirates and crooks. She absolutely adores him.

Heather Gallagher's rhyme captivates readers to want to know more about Scaredy Cat. It is a fast paced hunt around the garden, out the gate and to the beach, 'Have you seen my Scaredy Cat?'

Anil Tortop has cleverly hidden Scaredy Cat amongst the bustle of activity. Look carefully for his tail, paws or eyes that can be seen poking out of gumboots and from under sunhats.

When I read the book for a second and third time, I flipped back and forth to the first double page spread, which is both a prediction of the upcoming adventure and a map of the story's setting.

Scaredy Cat is the kind of delightful story children will love to listen to and read, over and over again, with the most brilliant surprise waiting for you at the end of the book. Parents, you will enjoy reading this masterfully written story as it flows easily off the tongue when read aloud.

Scaredy Cat has been so well received that it is now available as a paperback book for $14.99, ISBN: 9781925594669

If you would like to learn more about Heather Gallagher see her answers to KBR's 12 Curly Questions.

Loving Anil Tortop's illustrations like I do, then read her newest story Leaping Lola by Tracey Hawkins or a few of her other stories; Bat vs Poss by Alexa Moses,  The Leaky Story by Devon Sillett and The Great Zoo Hullabaloo by Mark Carthew.

Title: Scaredy Cat
Author: Heather Gallagher
Illustrator: Anil Tortop
Publisher: New Frontier, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 May 2018
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781925594171
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book