Monday 28 November 2022

Coco and the Spiderling

Coco and the Spiderling written by Laura Bunting, Illustrated by Nicky Johnston (Scholastic) BH RRP $19.99 ISBN 9781761201530

Reviewed by Sarah Tegerdine

Coco and the Spiderling is book four of a charming picture book series about a curious fun-loving little kitten called Coco.

In this chapter, Coco just can’t get to sleep, so she slinks off her bed to spy on her parents in the front room. She discovers a secret about a surprise family holiday that sets her imagination off into a whirlwind of possibilities, mostly of big cities.

She tucks herself back into bed and dreams of all the exciting places they may get to visit, the art galleries, fancy restaurants, and HUGE playgrounds.

Her new best friend Max loves camping holidays and suggests to Coco that she would like to join him and his family one day. However, Coco cannot get past how cold and uncomfortable that would be and continues to daydream about her purrfect upcoming city adventure.

One morning she wakes in the arms of Daddy Cat,

and she realises this must be the day of the secret holiday. She falls back to sleep, but on waking she is confronted with not being in a city at all. Upset, Coco goes off exploring and through her wanderings she comes to see how very magical and pawsome her surprise holiday can be.

For children aged between 4 to 8 years, Coco’s adventures can be read in any order and would suit readers who have a love for animals, animal stories and characters.

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