Friday, May 8, 2020

Children's Book Week: Bedtime Story: Home by Alison Neuman & Illustrated by Katherine Restoueix


Read for: Children's Book Week/ Requested Review/ Pump Up Your Book Tour

Synopsis: "Fluffy, the cat, knew the minute she met Levi that he would become fast friends with the friendly mouse using a special wheelchair. In the third installment of their adventures, join Fluffy, Levi, and his family on their final leg of adventure to find their forever homes together."

My Review: This is a very cute book, I like the bond between Fluffy and the mice.  They are very humanized, they talk and it appears people understand them.  This is clearly a part of a series as we don't get much backstory on how they met and became friends or why they can no longer live in the car, so I would recommend reading the previous books first.  We also don't get to find out much about Buster, is he a friend or a foe?  With that said, Fluffy, Levi and his family all have quite a journey in this book. They have to figure out how to overcome obstacles throughout the story from tired little mouse feet, fences and a cat door.  The illustrations are beautiful and watercolor like and lend to a bit of a dreamy atmosphere in the story.

My Rating: This was a unique and sweet story about friendship, I do wish I had read the previous books ahead of time and I think I would have enjoyed it even more.  I give it a rating of Three Paws.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author as part of the Pump Up Your Book tour. The above is my honest review and opinion.  You can read a sample below and find out more about the author and where to get your own copy below. 

It was a playful neighbourhood dog named Buster, and a winter storm that had brought Fluffy, the Persian cat, to a warehouse where she’d met a little mouse named Levi. Levi had taken his new friend to meet his family who made their home in an old car. Now Fluffy, Levi and his entire mouse family were headed to Fluffy's home, in a swing the cat had made his new little friend to help transport him and his custom-made wheelchair.
 “I’m going to miss this car. It’s been a good home to us, but staying here is no longer safe for our growing family,” Levi’s dad said.
The area the mice lived in was patrolled by a cat whose job it was to hunt them.
 “Me too. But at least we’ll be together at Fluffy’s,” James, Levi’s big brother, squeaked.
 “No sign of that mouse-eating cat! Best to get going while the coast is clear,” their friend Charlie the Sparrow chirped, pointing his wing in the direction of Fluffy’s house. “I’ll keep an eye out until you’re at the fence.”
“Thanks, Charlie,” Levi’s dad squeaked, as they all started across the large field ahead.

Alison Neuman is a writer, author, choreographer, and dance artist, who is passionate about sharing underrepresented voices. She holds a Bachelor’s of Applied Communications Degree, a diploma in Professional Writing, and a Master of Arts degree with a focus on Educational Studies.




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