Book Review, Picture Books

Joy by Yasmeen Ismail & Jenni Desmond

Joy by Yasmeen Ismail and illustrated by Jenni Desmond is just that – an absolute bundle of kitten joy! We are smitten cat lovers in our house so this charming book is purr-fect for us! I read it with my son and he giggled and “awwww”ed his way through the entire story.

There’s nothing better than a kitten with a ball of string with all the trouble and tangles that go with it! This fuzzy little friend is so excited by life and wants Mum to join in and be joyful too! The climbing, chasing and bright-eyed bouncing gets faster and faster until the mischievous moggy runs into the dog, can’t stop and crashes through the cat flap into the garden. Then, only Mum can make it better. She gives the same reassurance as human mums and the bumps are soon forgotten. There is a sense of safety and comfort with the knowledge that Mum is always there. Children will pick up on this secure feeling and relate it to their own adventures.

This fast-paced feline tale is full of happiness and will bring a smile to anyone’s face. It is a great jumping off point for discussions about families, freedom, safety and what makes us happy.

Thank you to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for this beautiful book! The paperback edition will be published in June 2020.

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