Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Petr Horáček
When the cat arrived at Rosie’s house and ‘poked his head out of the box‘ suddenly, Rosie laughed, ‘How do you do, Mister Boo!’ This cat ‘liked fun. Again… and again.. and again.‘ It meant that he crept after anything and ‘swished his tail’ before he pounced.. What’s more he did this to other creatures, to awaken Rosie and then once to ‘play with the fishes’ in the goldfish bowl!
This cat loved every season, from the ‘warm fires and laps to sit on‘ in winter to the sunshiny grass ‘and dandelions‘ of summer. However, ‘he liked the SPRING most of all’. There was so much ‘fluttering and flouncing, such a twitching and stirring’. Most of all there were baby birds to frighten ‘when they were learning to fly’.
Joyce Dunbar and Petr Horáček collaborate anew with Mister Boo! after the ultimately satisfying Grumpy Duck. Once again we are in the animal kingdom, tracking the life and behaviour of an irascible but beloved animal. Thereafter, we watch his frolicking, gaiety over seasons until it comes to a time when our cat has ‘slept for longer and longer more than he ever had before’. Can this black cat ‘squeeze through his cat-flap’ to greet a new spring and create mayhem anew? Or might something else be in store?
There is so much empathy, love and warmth in Joyce Dunbar’s text, while Petr Horáček’s pictures are lush, overlayered, coloured and inclusive. We are enraptured. Bookwagon loves and recommends Mister Boo! to readers (and cat-ophiles) of all ages.