Monday, 6 April 2015

Review: The Secret Kitten by Holly Webb

Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: April 6th, 2015
Rating: 8/10

Amazon summary:

Lucy can't help but feel lonely when she and her brother move in with their gran, leaving behind their old friends. Lucy wishes she could have a pet, but Gran isn't keen on animals. A stray kitten catches Lucy's attention, and she instantly falls in love with it. Where will the kitten go if she can't find anyone to take her in? 


I've only read a handful of Holly Webb's books but I've enjoyed every one so far. Her stories are so lovely and heartwarming, whether they be about animals or detectives, and it's brilliant to see her books still going strong. The Secret Kitten is her thirtieth animal story which is a great achievement, and it's a fantastic book - I didn't want it to end!

Lucy has moved to her gran's house with her dad and brother, and she desperately wants a kitten. She ends up finding a black and white stray in an alleyway, and soon the kitten is living in her greenhouse, even though her gran doesn't want any pets at all. Lucy is faced with a decision, and this story is all about her doing the right thing and figuring out that things in life are never straightforward.

I'm a huge cat lover myself - I have an almost eleven-year-old kitty called Jess, with all white paws and a white patch on her nose, so I fully understand Lucy's love of cats. I would have done exactly the same thing in her position, because who can ever leave a kitten to fend for itself?! Holly Webb's story is just so well written and it really reminded me of Animal Ark, which I used to read when I was younger. There's something magical about her writing and I look forward to reading more.

Sophy Williams has illustrated this book throughout, and I was excited to find lots of pictures of cute little kittens. Lucy and Catkin look exactly as I imagined them, and the soft black and white artwork fits with the retro feel of the book. It's a great read from beginning to end, and what a fantastic instalment to celebrate thirty titles. Here's to thirty more!

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