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To be a Cat

This book is about a boy called Barney. He is feeling very sorry for himself right now, and with good reason. His father has mysteriously vanished and he is being bullied at school, by the head teacher! Barney wishes he could lead the simple, uncomplicated life of a cat and soon learns that you should be careful what you wish for...!


Although the book covers some quite dark topics, which I thought my children would find a bit scary, they seemed unfazed and really enjoyed the story... although if you are easily scared or worried, then this isn't the book for you right now. The story has a good pace, and has plot twists, enough cliff hangers to keep you turning the page, and a good ending. The main 'good' characters are very likeable, and the 'bad' characters suitably ... bad!

We are all fans of Matt Haig books in our family, and it's great to have stories that all of us can enjoy together.

Both of my two children (aged 8 and 11) absolutely loved this book.


I would recommend this book for year 3 to year 6

Reviewed by Mrs B