The Adventures of Catvinkle

Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books

Review

Catvinkle is an elegant white cat with a shiny coat, impressive whiskers and a big red bow tied around her tail. She lives contentedly in Amsterdam with kindly barber Mr Sabatini and loves nothing better than snuggling up in her gloriously comfortable wicker basket next to the fire.

Her peaceful existence is unexpectedly disrupted when Mr Sabatini returns home one day with a stray dog. Ula is a mild-mannered Dalmatian, who is eager to befriend Catvinkle and, against the odds, the unlikely pair become pals. Catvinkle, however, is keen to keep their association under wraps, as she’s unsure how other cats will react when they discover she socialises with canines...

The duo embark on a series of light-hearted adventures, including a dangerous mission to retrieve a ball from a scary dog’s garden, and Ula is extremely supportive when Catvinkle enters the National Kitten Baby-Shoe Dancing Competition.

Featuring an inventive cast of characters, from cats and dogs to a backgammon-playing llama, this quirky chapter book with black-and-white illustrations celebrates diversity and encourages inclusivity. At its core is the fundamental message that friendship should be extended to everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from.

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