Trouble and the Missing Cat by Cate Whittle, illustrated by Stephen Michael King (Omnibus Books) PB RRP $
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop
Georgia’s life has become more exciting since Trouble came into her life. After all, not every young girl gets to have a dragon for a playmate, or a taxi ride to school. But unfortunately Trouble manages to leave skid marks on the school oval, scorches in the playground and tends to frighten a few students (and teachers) as well. And when the principal bans Trouble from school, Georgia is the one who has to break the news to him.
What is he going to do with his days now? Will he be lonely? Maybe Georgia can convince Trouble to spend his spare hours looking for Mrs Jones’ missing cat Tibbles.
This is the second book about Trouble and his adopted family. It is a humorous and whimsical story just right for stretching emerging readers. The chapters are longer and more involved than beginner reader chapter books, but still simple enough for the younger readership.
Stephen Michael King’s recognisable illustration style graces the pages, breaking up the text and adding character to the people and animals in the story. The pictures also make for a less daunting prospect for the intended young readership transitioning into chapter books.
Trouble and the Missing Cat will appeal to both boys and girls wanting a funny, adventurous story with a hint of mystery. It is not essential to have read Trouble at Home, but the first book in this series tells the story of how Trouble came to live with Georgia and gives insight into the personality of the dragon and his adopted family.