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*Review – Finding Their Way Home By Nicky Copeland

**Disclosure – We were gifted a copy of “Finding Their Way Home ” A wonderful tale of two rescue cats. Written by Nicky Copeland and Illustrated by Little Wing Design. In return we are providing our honest review of the book, all opinions are our own. **

I was recently asked if I would be interested in reviewing a copy of “Finding Their Way Home” written by Nicky Copeland and illustrated by Little Wing Design. Anyone that knows me will tag me in anything cat related. We are massive cat lovers in this house.

Our copy of “Finding their way home” by Nicky Copeland arrived and before I could get it, our soppy cat Bubbles plonked his pooey arse on the envelope. He has some intestinal issues and is occasionally does this. I’m forever shampooing things or chasing him around wiping his backside with a wet wipe, bless him. It’s all fun in this house huh.

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Our cat Bubbles

Anyway back to the book It’s a story about two cats, Cleo and Baloo who were both rescued by the author Nicky and her boyfriend.

What’s unusually great about this book is not only is it a cute children’s tale it’s also informative about how to introduce new cats to one another in the home.

I will always support and encourage the adoption of rescue cats over breeding. There are so many unwanted cats and dogs out there. All three of ours have been rescued or taken in from either the cats protection or our own family after their residency didn’t work out.

The story, “Finding their way home” tells the tale of a stray cat called Cleo. She is adopted by a lovely lady and her partner. We follow Cleo’s journey as she explores her new home and starts to feel loved again. Then one day she is introduced to some new toys and a blanket.  She’s told they are to help her adjust.

Soon it’s clear what she’s adjusting to when her new brother Baloo arrives. They are introduced over the course of several days. Sometimes they chase, sometimes they hug, sometimes they sit and watch the world go by. And the rest I will leave you to find out.

At the end of the book, the author Nicky has written a brief guide. The page long guide explains how to introduce your cats to one another. It’s really useful and is accurate to the guides and books I read when introducing my cats when they each arrived. If you rush their introduction is can have stressful consequences for both you and your cat. Myself and hubs were so eager to see our cats together that we once tried to skip parts of the gradual introduction. It backfired and we ended up separating them and going back to stage one.

If you are ever thinking of getting a cat as a pet I would totally recommend this book. It may be helpful for making a child understand how things will be when the cat arrives. Especially if you already have a cat at home.

Here’s my verdict:-

I’m called a crazy cat lady by my friends and pretty much love all things cat. This book is right up my street. I love that it’s not just a typical cat story. It’s true to life and it’s factual and informative. 

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George reading the book to Sockies.

George’s verdict:-

George is three years old and used to reading books about cats.

What did you think of the story? I liked all of it.

What was your favourite part? All of it.

Did you like the cats? Yes I just loved that one and that one. Points to both pictures of Cleo and Baloo in the illustrations.  And I just liked that one and all of that and that one (goes through the book pointing out all the pictures.)

I’m getting a sense he loved the illustrations

And was the story good? It was just a bit short. (He loves stories to be longer so he can enjoy them for longer).

He got excited about about the business thank you card inside the book too, bless him. The introduction also explains that Nicky and her cats live in Essex which is where we live so that was exciting for George. The introduction explains how Cleo and Baloo came to be rescued and adopted. I intertwined reading this with explaining to George this is how we came to adopt one of our cats Amber.

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Checkout www.cleoandbaloo.com to purchase your digital or paperback copy and learn more about Cleo and Baloo’s journey. You can also follow them on Instagram for gorgeous real life piccies of the adorable kitties themselves. https://www.instagram.com/nickycauthor

Have you read this book? Do you have any recommendations for cat themed children’s books? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below. If your little one likes discovering new books, take at look at this fab post by Pickle and Poppet .

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World Book Day – A review of Harold Huxley and Friends by Emma R McNally

World Book Day is upon us so what better time to tell you all about an author I met at the local Christmas Fayre at the end of last year.

Emma R McNally is the Essex based author and illustrator of Harold Huxley and friends. Her books are aimed at children aged between 3 and 7 years but we have enjoyed reading them to a two year old George. She’s such a lovely, smiley, friendly lady, and we spent time at the fayre chatting to her and her partner before purchasing 4 books from her series. All of which she kindly signed for us.

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To start with, let me tell you about the books. We chose 3 of the Harold Huxley rhyming picture books. Book 2, Dragons can fly! Book 4, The snow creatures’ secret. And Book 5, the magical beeley bugs. Each book follow Harold the ‘househog’ , and his best friend Lamb. We follow them on their amazing adventures, encountering dragons, magical flower colouring bugs and snow creatures.

Both my husband and I love reading these rhyming books as they can almost turn into a song. They are also a great way to help George’s learning as we often get him to repeat the last word of the rhyme and the next time we read the book, see if he can remember what it is before we say it. He usually astounds us. The books feel very personal as you know Emma has been fully involved by both writing and illustrating the stories.

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Finally, the fourth book we purchased was ‘The Cloudosaurus Rex’. George being a dinosaur fan led us towards this title. Emma categorises this book as a rhyming picture book with actions. It’s all about the Cloudosaurus, who lives in the sky. His mood that day determines what weather we will have. The book has a repeating theme on each page, directing the reader to follow certain actions;

“Stand on one leg and close one eye.

Tilt your head and look to the sky.

Can you see him? what is his mood?

Should we wear sandals or a snuggly snood?”

it’s a pleasure to watch George enjoying taking part in these actions. As the rhyme continues we have even found a way of incorporating the cat into it by giving her a little scratchy rub on the head as we say snood.

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Most notably Emma has recently announced that she is releasing two new titles aiming to be published in time for Easter 2017. To keep up to date with everything going on in the world of Emma and her books, visit The Adventures of Harold Huxley

It may seem like this review is rather discreet in the information I am giving regarding the books, but I wouldn’t like to spoil the stories for you.

Overall, I feel these will be a part of our reading favs for a while to come, as George ages and learns to read himself. The layout of the books is perfect and the text is large and easy to follow. The pictures have a hand-drawn quality about them and make the story easy for little ones to follow. George particularly enjoyed looking for the hidden spider on each page of the ‘Dragons can Fly’ book.

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I can certainly recommend them. If you purchase them via the website (link above) Emma will send you a personalised signed copy.

Have a wonderful World book day, hopefully discovering new books for you and your little one to enjoy.

Until next time…..