Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas? – My review

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What Goodreads says

When the wind brings the cries of children to her ears, Dolcey is spurred into action. Comforting and aiding children in need are her main focus. Welcome to Dolcey’s world. Welcome to a world of magic and endless possibilities. When Emily has a big problem, her family tries to help, but some problems need something special to make things right. In Emily’s case, the special treatment is a visitor named Dolcey.

My review

When a little girl is feeling sad and upset due to changing circumstances that are beyond her control, who better to come to her aid than a fairy. Dolcey’s mother is a helper of children in need and she has trained Dolcey well, right down to the cute cat pajamas that Dolcey wears to gain access to Emily’s home and become a part of her family without raising eyebrows. Emily’s family are planning to move to a town far away and Emily is fearful of losing her Nana, Aunt Fee and school friends. Can Dolcey help Emily to overcome her fears and see the benefits to a new environment?

I read Who’s that in the Cat Pajamas with my son, Michael, aged 11 years old. I wasn’t sure if Michael would listen to a book that had a fairy as its central character, but he did. Dolcey’s portrayal in the book brings her across more as a kind and helpful friend than a girly fairy and so Michael was happy to listen to the story. Michael is a very considerate and helpful boy and the idea of someone reaching out to help another person really appealed to him and he enjoyed the story.

The illustrations are lovely and appropriate and I would recommend this book for children aged 6 to 12 years old.

Goodreads reviews

Sian-Bronwyn Claven rated this book four stars and said:

When the wind brings the cries of children to her ears, Dolcey is spurred into action. Comforting and aiding children in need are her main focus. Welcome to Dolcey’s world. Welcome to a world of magic and endless possibilities. When Emily has a big problem, her family tries to help, but some problems need something special to make things right. In Emily’s case, the special treatment is a visitor named Dolcey.

What an exciting time of life it is to be a reviewer! I was super proud to be able to read this fabulous children’s tale and it’s one that I am going to be giving to all my nieces; nephews; cousins and friends kids! It has a beautiful message, beautiful imagery and is so beautifully innocent that I couldn’t help but wish it was around when I was younger.

McConnell has outdone herself this time and I highly recommend this book to anyone – young or old – if you’re looking for something fun to read.

The only issue I had with the book was that I felt it was a little too short for my liking – perhaps that is a testament to how good a writer McConnell is – she left me wanting more and I can’t wait for the next adventure.

Sherrie Marshall Spitz rated this book five stars and said:

The recent book release of Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas (The Dolcey Series Book 1) by Soujourner McConnell is the delightful story of a young girl’s struggle with the real world problem of leaving everything behind. She must move to a new town with her parents, and she is none too happy about it. A pajama-clad kitty with a secret surprise helps pave the way for our young heroine. Together, they explore what life might be like in new surroundings.

Children of all ages will be immersed into thought-provoking prose that carries the imagination to souring, new heights. The love with which Soujourner McConnell wrote this book is evident from page one. Dolcey is magical and possesses special senses deftly tuned toward children in need of a little extra guidance. She finds such a child when she seeks out Emily. Dolcey’s tender caring leads Emily in a direction she is unsure she wants to see. But what awaits them is both revealing and tender and will leave you wanting more adventures from Dolcey.

Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas is a 5-star read and should reside among other classics on your children’s bookshelf.

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by Robbie Cheadle

Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town (coming soon)

 

 

 

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