This short story book is a charming vehicle with which to introduce young readers to two masters of children’s fiction. Former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen, treats readers to typically rhythmic and repetitive prose as he describes the all-too-familiar lives of Mr and Mrs Hurry (who are always in a terrible hurry) and their longsuffering son, Harry Hurry. The Hurry family, and their rather extraordinary cat, are brought to life by Tony Ross’ familiarly frenetic illustrations, which dance across every page.
Children will instantly relate to Harry, whose parents are so busy with their terribly important grown-up lives that, one day, they forget to take Harry to school! Fortunately, Tiggs the cat is not about to allow Harry miss school or to waste his whole day evaluating the aesthetic qualities of the wallpaper in his bedroom. Tiggs sets upon a mission to alert Mr and Mrs Hurry to the problems that emerge when mums and dads spend too much of their time rushing around. It’s a lesson for which the Hurry family are long overdue!
Don’t Forget Tiggs! is easily accessible for a young audience and will be greedily gobbled up by early readers. It is a perfect bedtime story for sharing.