Book Review: Esau the Paw, by Chris Gurney, illustrated by John Bennett

This book is available in bookstores nationwide.

Esau the Paw is a cat – cv_esau_the_pawhe is like a big bloated fur ball. He struts and stalks as he checks out his domain. He often arrives back home to his Very Tall Mother in a bit of a mess. She patiently brushes out the knots and bothersome bits.

One day, unfortunately the administering from his Very Tall Mother isn’t enough and so Esau the Paw ends up at the vets. He wakes up BALD – all scrawny and skinny. Poor Esau the Paw cannot cope with this state of affairs – all sad and embarrassed.

What follows is a gorgeous story that my 3-year-old granddaughter was captivated by, asking all sorts of questions. Having two cats herself, she “knows” all about vets and stuff.

Chris Gurney is a New Zealand author. This is her 14th book for Scholastic. The illustrations by John Bennett are just wonderful and I’m sure this book will become a favourite in many households with young children.

Reviewed by Christine Frayling

Esau the Paw
by Chris Gurney, illustrated by John Bennett
Published by Scholastic NZ
ISBN 9781775431855