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Squishy McFluff: The Big Country Fair

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: The Big Country Fair

In a nutshell: Fluffy invisible friend conquers all at country fair

There’s tension at the heart of this new Squishy McFluff story: Ava and her family are going to a country fair and she is determined that Squishy will win the Prettiest Pet competition. Mum, Dad, and maybe readers too, are concerned that the judges might not appreciate Squishy’s many qualities – he is invisible after all! Pip Jones’s stories are full of charm and a wonderful unforced humour that derives from Ava’s obliviousness to the chaos she so often causes, and her special friendship with Squishy. Written in sprightly verse, that demands to be read aloud, and illustrated with equally lively pictures by Ella Okstad, it’s another perfect book for emerging readers.  

Fans of Squishy will also like Alex T Smith’s stories of Claude, and Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy’s Dixie O’Day tales.  ~ Andrea Reece

Squishy McFluff: The Big Country Fair Synopsis

Squishy McFluff has been blow-dried and primped to perfection. He must win the Country Fair prettiest pet competition - and will if Ava has anything to do with it...But not everyone can see he's the winner. The Mayor seems to have a particular blindspot...That is until Ava and her invisible pet foil a dastardly robbery!

Another joyful, hilarious, instant classic of a tale for five year olds and upwards, stunningly illustrated by Ella Okstad.

Squishy McFluff: The Big Country Fair 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.'

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ISBN: 9780571320707
Publication date: 06/10/2016
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571320707
Publication date: 6th October 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: Reluctant Readers

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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