Saturday 16 October 2021

Marcie Gill and the Caravan Cat

Marcie Gill and the Caravan Cat by Monica McInerney (Puffin) HB RRP $19.99 ISBN 9781760894139

Reviewed by Kathleen Grace

The author of 13 internationally bestselling books for adults, Monica McInerney makes her debut as a children’s author with his book, planned to be the first in a series. The protagonist of this book, Marcie Gill is an earnest, overly curious and kind girl who suffers from a bad temper which gets her in trouble. She lives with her parents who run the Snorkel Bay Caravan Park, but, as the book begins, they are not talking to each other, and the family business is in financial trouble. What most distresses Marcie, though, is that her beloved grandmother is in hospital after a bad fall and is unlikely to be home for ages and will miss Christmas with the family.

With her bickering parents, her brother who speaks only to his goldfish, and her sister obsessed with tennis, Marcie is especially anxious. However, something magical happens which involves a black cat called George, a wishing stone, and Christmas. This is a heart-warming and entertaining book ideal for readers aged nine and up. It features two colour, whimsical illustrations by the talented Australian illustrator Danny Snell.

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