The paperback may seem expensive at £6, but the illustrations are in full, and brilliant, colour throughout, and, in my view, the book is well worth it.
Many of you will remember the Summer Reading Challenge at Ilfracombe Library, where Olli Tooley gave away copies of his book, For Cats’ Eyes Only. Not only was that the most successful Summer Reading Challenge that Ilfracombe Library had ever done, but I am told that it attracted more children – over 300 – than did libraries in many bigger towns. Judging by comments later, it appears that book was popular with youngsters and their parents. Olli has now written a sequel, Dr Gnaw, which is available for purchase now.
As with its predecessor, the book is well illustrated by Amii James, who illustrated For Cats’ Eyes Only, and, as with its predecessor, it is filled with puns and jokes – why change a winning formula? The author suggests that it is suitable for all ages from 6 to 106. I am not sure many adults would read it for their own pleasure, but they will find, much as with Roald Dahl, that there is enough there to keep them amused while reading to their children.
Both books can be bought from the Blue Poppy website, https://bluepoppypublishing.co.uk/shop/. You can also get both books on Kindle from Amazon, although I would suggest that both would be enjoyed more by children as physical books.