Poetry Box summer reading: Catherine Chidgey’s Jiffy, Cat Detective

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Jiffy, Cat Detective, Catherine Chidgey, illustrations by Astrid Matijasevich

OneTree House, 2019

 

 

He lay down in a patch of sun –

he’d help them find the truth.

Not one of them suspected

he was Jiff the Purring Sleuth!

 

 

Catherine is a much loved New Zealand novelist who teaches Creative Writing at Waikato University  – this is her first book for children and it is a little beauty. It is based on her own cat (she has lots of white cats) and is dedicated to her daughter Alice. For ages 3 to 7.

Mr Bee has only one shoe on his foot because the right shoe is MISSING!

Wise Mrs Bee gets him to picture where he last saw it (I always ask someone else to look and that usually does the trick). Except the last place he saw it was on his right foot!

Time to ask Alice. Alice looks but NO LUCK!

Ah one snoozing smart cat to the rescue. He’s JIFF the PURRING Sleuth!

Oh and Jiffy has one gold and one blue eye. He thinks he’s rather cool and rather clever. Pretty special cat I reckon, itching for more cat adventures.

WHERE WOULD YOU HUNT FOR A MISSING SHOE?????? Every time I ask questions like this I feel like writing a poem! I couldn’t help myself:

 

in a basket

under the mat

in a bath (filled with lemon bubbles)

in my rail-trail cap

 

But no – The shoe is in none of these places I’d thought of!

Catherine has written the story like a poet with dazzling rhyme and rhythm carrying us along to the end. I did not expect the ending which SURPRISED me! I do like a story with a FLICK in its tail!

Astrid’s illustrations are bright on the page and it’s a hard-cover book which is an added bonus.

I gobbled up this book in a flash and have my fingers crossed I will get to read more Jiffy stories. My favourite thing about this book? Jiffy!

 

OneTree House author page

 

 

 

 

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