Lizzie Thompson has lost her cat. One morning, on her way to school, she changed her mind and she was out looking for Waif could be. When Ms. Wiz found her, they sat together in the cafe and came up with a plan. When Lizzie's mom discovered that Lizzie had gone off with Ms. Wiz, she called the police. Who was this woman? Her fears were confirmed when the constable (policeman) told her that Ms. Wiz was an "all-round trouble maker." Meanwhile, in their hunt for Waif, Lizzie and Ms. Wiz discover that catnappers have been stealing all the cats with beautiful coats of fur. But why?
Young girls will immediately relate to Lizzie's feelings, and kids will love the imagery of a car that turns into an apartment.
This title struck a little closer to home for our daughter, and while she would giggle in parts, she was a bit concerned about Lizzie going off with a stranger, even it it was a teacher. She also didn't like the idea of people making gloves out of cats. She would read a bit and then go back to look at the illustrations. She didn't devour this one as quickly.
While I am glad to see that my daughter got the message about stranger danger, I was surprised at her reaction. The story is well presented and the author uses a light hand in explaining the events. There is nothing scary or ominous ... in fact they write a letter to Lizzie's mom.
This is the fourth book in this illustrated series for newly independent readers.
This is a book to help readers moving to longer stories. The theme of the lost cat, though, offers several lessons; as does what happens when people judge others without all the facts.
8 to 12
6 to 9
Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Borrow. This is a pleasant read, but not one you'll come back to frequently.