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Squishy McFluff: Seaside Rescue!

Written by Pip Jones

Illustrated by Ella Okstad

Part of the Squishy McFluff the Invisible Cat Series

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LoveReading View on Squishy McFluff: Seaside Rescue!

A trip to the seaside for everyone’s favourite invisible kitten nearly ends in disaster when poor Squishy is swept out to sea.  Luckily Ava’s mum is persuaded to row to the rescue. Effortlessly charming, this story, the fifth in the series, feels as fresh and lively as the first. Pip Jones’s rhymes have a jaunty lilt and reading them is always a pleasure, for young and old alike. Ella Okstad’s illustrations are just as lively and catch the relationship between Ava and Squishy beautifully. A perfect book to bridge the gap between picture books and chapter books, and as welcome and delicious as an ice cream on a hot sunny day! ~ Andrea Reece



Squishy McFluff: Seaside Rescue! Synopsis

Ava and Squishy have been let loose on the beach, which isn’t a relaxing holiday experience for anyone else. Attempted digs to Australia mean a lot of sand thrown about, and a trip to the ice cream van causes a culinary disaster. But when Squishy McFluff gets swept out to sea it’s Mum who’s going to have to save the day. Can they help someone else at the same time?

Rising star Pip Jones continues to give her quirky twist to everyday experience, this time in the ultimate summer holiday story. The jaunty rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud, and Ella Okstad's gorgeous, distinctive illustrations will help more confident readers learn to read by themselves for the first time. An ideal choice for reading under sunny skies.

Squishy McFluff: Seaside Rescue! Reader Reviews

Kids love reading and so we invited the Lovereading4kids reader review panel to read and review the first title in the series, Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat. 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: Seaside Rescue! Press Reviews

Praise for the Squishy McFluff series!

‘Jones’s rhymes are fluid and easy-going and with Okstad’s drawings - I particularly like Squishy’s “what, me?” face - this is a charming parable of transition for children aged 4 and older’  The Times

‘Pip Jones’s big-eyed adventures of Ava and her naughty invisible cat, Squishy McFluff, will be a surefire hit with any kid who’s ever devolved responsibility for wickedness or mishap to a sibling or imaginary friend.’   Guardian

‘Verse is often beloved by young readers, yet it’s all too rare in early chapter books. Jones’s pleasing rhyme and Okstad’s illustrations are bound to ensure catisfaction’  Independent

‘Cleverly bridging the gap between picture books and longer fiction, the lovable Squishy is certain to be a success with under-sevens - especially those who have ever had an imaginary friend of their own.’ Booktrust

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ISBN: 9780571320684
Publication date: 26/05/2016
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571320684
Publication date: 26th May 2016
Author: Pip Jones
Illustrator: Ella Okstad
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 80 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Humorous, Animals
Recommendations: eBooks

About 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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