Reviewed by David Savage
Wishker, written by Heather Pindar and illustrated by Sarah Jennings, is the tale of a magical wish-granting cat, but having everything you wish for is not always that great.
Mirabel feels that she never gets anything she wants as everybody always says no to her requests; pets, sleepovers or to play in her brother’s bedroom. One day while in the garden, a rufty-tufty cat on the wall hears her complaints and grants here three wishes by using his whiskers. This sounds perfect to Mirabel and her first wish is for everyone to say yes to her! Her wish is granted and her life changes, but is it for the better? With never-ending sleepovers and zoo animals everywhere her life becomes a chaotic mess.
Wishker is a charming, cautionary tale of how getting everything you want is not always a good idea and can lead to problems. It has lots of humour and has been beautifully illustrated with eye-catching, bright, bold and colourful drawings that portray the story extremely well.
A fun story with a great moral message. I read it with 4-year-old twin boys and it held their attention to the end. They loved the pictures in the book and love having the story read to them. It is the perfect length for a bedtime reading (32 pages).
So it you ever meet a cat offering you wishes, be very careful what you wish for.
RRP: £6.99 (paperback) | ISBN: 978-1-84886-244-9
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