Reader Reviewed Squishy Mcfluff: the Invisible Cat! by Pip Jones

Squishy Mcfluff: the Invisible Cat!

Written by Pip Jones
Part of the Squishy McFluff the Invisible Cat Series

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February 2014 Debut of the Month From unravelling jumpers to filling boots with newts, from unlucky spills to jungles in the bathroom, Ava and Squishy are inseparable. But Squishy is not impressing everyone and his behaviour is getting worse – will he learn to behave before he has to leave for good? The jaunty rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud, and Ella Okstad's gorgeously cuddly illustrations will help little ones read by themselves for the first time. Bright new talent Pip Jones gives a hilarious, quirky twist to everyday experiences for readers aged 5+.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Squishy McFluff is an invisible cat who comes to stay with Ava, and is responsible for lots of mischief, until Ava’s grand-father persuades him to behave. When Ava and her mother go supermarket shopping, it is boring – until Squishy McFluff comes along and makes it fun. These stories are captivating and funny, with lovely 50s-style illustrations. (Ages 6–8)
~ Andrea Rayner

Reader Reviews

Kids love reading and so we invited the Lovereading4kids reader review panel to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews here.

  • Matilda Greenacre, age 7 - 'This is a great book for early readers or mums to read to their children.  The whole book is written in rhyme, lovely for read out loud.'
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'Ava and Squishy make a mischievous and very funny team...A lovely story which is made even better by the clever combination of rhyme and illustrations.  Glorious!'
  • Isaac East, age 7 - 'Squishy McFluff is a funny book that rhymes.  The cat is cheeky and with her friend Ava they of lots of mischievous things.'
  • Evie Aconley, age 7 - 'A really fun book to read! I loved it!!'
  • Lauren Randall, age 6 - 'Great book if you like rhyming stories and cats.'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 6 - 'I give it 10* because it is funny. I love the colourful pictures. I wish it was longer though! I can’t wait for Supermarket Sweep.'
  • Ophelia Robinson Beesley, age 7 - 'It has happiness and comedy but slight sadness in the middle but it is not too sad.  Anyway Pip Jones has created a loving family of characters no reason to not enjoy. Especially suitable for bed time.'
  • Toby Pickering, age 7 - 'It was a very interesting story full of adventure and you think her mum isn’t going to like Squishy, well you’re right!'
  • Emma, age 7 - 'I loved this book, it makes me want an invisible cat of my own. I could read this easily on my own, but the story made me think about what my invisible cat would look like.'


Squishy Mcfluff: the Invisible Cat! by Pip Jones

Can you see him? My kitten? Close your eyes tight. His fur is so soft and all silvery white Imagine him quick! Have you imagined enough? Oh, good, you can see him! It's Squishy McFluff! When Ava discovers an imaginary cat in the cabbage patch, she knows she's found a new best friend. Together, Ava and Squishy McFluff get up to all kinds of mischief...


In a punchy rhyming escapade, debut author Jones introduces an inventive girl named Ava and her invisible cat, Squishy McFluff. When household mishaps coincide with Squishy's arrival, it's time for him to go--until Ava's clever Great Grandad Bill intervenes. Jones's singsong verse is long-winded at times ( He's ever so small, / he just doesn't know better./ He felt very bad/ for unraveling that sweater, / And you must understand/ that kittens are frisky, / He didn't deliberately/ spill Daddy's whisky ), though it gives the story the feel of an epic poem. Norwegian artist Okstad's pink and teal graphics nicely highlight the mischievous goings-on. Available simultaneously: Supermarket Sweep! Ages 5-7.

--Booklist How much mischief can an invisible cat cause? Plenty, if that cat is Squishy McFluff. While playing in the garden one day, a little white girl named Ava spies (or rather does not spy) something invisible. This marvelous creature was fluffy and tiny, / As cute as a button, with eyes big and shiny, / A tail that swished proudly, first this way, then that. / A fabulous, friendly, invisible cat! Ava and her new friend chase a pigeon (which gets away). Then she takes him in to meet her mum and introduces him as Squishy McFluff. Mum plays along, feeding Squishy some invisible fish, and all goes well...for a while. There's marker on the curtains, paint on the carpet, and sweaters unraveled--all Squishy's fault. Mum has lost patience with Squishy, but she finds it hard to send an invisible cat away. Happily, Great Grandad Bill visits to sweetly lay down the law. British rhymester Jones

-worn imaginary friend/pet done it theme in this early chapter book, the first in a series, but she does it all in rhyming couplets accompanied by Okstad's peppy, pastel-colored pictures. In Book 2, Supermarket Sweep! (publishing simultaneously), Squishy creates mayhem in the market. Little Americans might need a translation or two, but Ava and Squishy will charm them nonetheless. Readers will wish that they had a kitty to blame their misdeeds on when they've acted...naughty. --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Pip Jones

Pip Jones is a freelance journalist. Squishy McFluff won the inaugural Greenhouse Funny Prize in 2012 and Pip is delighted to bring him to the page at Faber. She lives in East London with her partner, her two daughters and a real invisible cat. She writes a lot. She is the author of four other Squishsy McFluff books, several pitcure books (including Daddy's Sandwich and The Chocolate Monster) and her new series Piggy Handsome is coming out in summer 2017.

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80 pages


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Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber & Faber

Publication date

6th February 2014




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