The Pocket Dogs and the Lost Kitten by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Stephen Michael King (Omnibus Books)
HB RRP $24.99
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop
Biff and Buff are two little dogs who love to ride in their owners’ pockets. They have a very comfortable life until one stormy night Mr Pockets rescues a little lost kitten. At first they like the kitten - she is sweet, tiny and playful - but then the dogs begin to notice the time Mr Pockets spends with their new housemate. After having him all to themselves, the pocket dogs now have to share Mr Pockets.
This is a gentle story with a solid message about sharing and seeing the different qualities in everyone. The cuteness of the pocket dogs, Biff and Buff, will get the attention of young children. They story will resonate with those struggling with the sibling jealousy which often arises when a new baby arrives in the home. It can be hard to adjust to newcomers and to sharing the attentions of Mum and Dad.
The exquisite illustrations of Stephen Michael King help to give this story levity, humour and some very memorable animals. The warmth of Mr Pockets shines through the pictures as much as through Wild’s words.
The Pocket Dogs and the Lost Kitten is a heart-warming story of love and sharing and would make a wonderful bedtime story for toddlers and young children.