Sunday 24 November 2013

Ella and Olivia: Cool Kitties

Ella and Olivia: Cool Kitties by Yvette Poshoglian, illustrated by Danielle McDonald (Scholastic Australia)
PB RRP $7.99
ISBN 978-1-74283-799-4
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Ella and Olivia are sisters. Ella is seven years old and Olivia is five-and-a-half. They have a little brother called Max and a pet dog called Bob. They also have fifteen Cool Kitties between them, eight are Olivia’s and seven are Ella’s. Cool Kitties are all the rage. Everyone at school collects them. Ella’s friend Zoe has sixteen all of her own.
Ella and Olivia are Cool Kitty crazy. They would love to collect the whole set but don’t have money to buy more. They decide to earn some by doing lots of jobs around the house for Mum and Dad. But they soon discover that it’s not quite as easy as they imagined. Will they ever earn enough for the Cool Kitties they want and a special carry case to store them in?

Cool Kitties is a sweet story about two sisters overcoming their frustrations and working together to achieve this goal. Large text, short chapters and plenty of cute illustrations throughout make this a great chapter book for young beginner readers. And the concepts of cute toy kittens, collecting, friendships, co-operation and family make this an entertaining and relatable read for this age group. There are many more titles also in this enticing series for young girls.

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