Book review: The Cat’s Pyjamas by Catherine Foreman

This book is available in bookstores now and is a finalist in the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards.

As soon as I saw the cover my kids and I were drawn to the book. My 4 year old couldn’t wait to sit down and have a look at his new book.

I love how colourful this book is, but was a bit put off by how it was ‘the cat’ and not simply ‘cat’. For me I felt that it would have flowed better without the ‘the’, at least for the first page and the pages where we were told what pyjamas he was going to wear each night. Other than that it is a great book.

Nice and easy to read, with great rhymes, I had to watch myself to make sure that I didn’t read it too fast.

And there are so many pictures for each night, that half the joy from reading the book came from pointing out everything that we could see on the pages.

When it comes to my monster sensitive son, I felt that the ending did not suit him, and would have been better if Cat had stayed awake all night to scare the monsters away. But still, a fun book, and well worth a read even if just for the pictures.

An 8 out of 10 from me.

Reviewed by Miriam Matthews, Facebook fan and her son.

The Cat’s Pyjamas
by Catherine Foreman
(Scholastic New Zealand)
ISBN 9781869439798