Ava is playing out in the garden one day when ‘something appeared/ (or, rather, did not)/ from among the wet leaves/ in the vegetable plot’. Squishy McFluff, an invisible cat, soon becomes Ava’s favourite playmate. Ava takes Squishy in and the pair enjoy lots of fun and games at home, even if Mum can’t see him and sometimes accidently strokes his bottom instead of his head! But Ava’s invisible friend is mischievous and his naughtiness begins to escalate. Soon an intervention is required from Great Grandad Bill, to ensure Squishy McFluff will mend his ways and stay as the family’s invisible pet.
Told in sprightly rhyming verse, with large clear print and three short chapters, Pip Jones’ first book makes an ideal choice for a young reader. With her bright eyes and youthful optimism, Ava is as endearing as the imaginary pet she adores. Ella Okstad’s illustrations match the energy of the text. Expect to see much more from this pairing.