|Copyright and title pages|
And so Matilda moves through tea parties, funky hats and fighting foes, not once is the ginger tabby impressed. Opening 6 is Matilda at her most Max-like marching across the recto with a sword in her hand. And so the next set of three activities appears ... "Matilda's cat likes drawing."
Upon turning the page, " ...climbing trees, and bedtime stories." (Max climbs trees in his adventure too!)
But Matilda has had enough ...
We turn the page and Matilda has shed her cat suit, and Ginger tabby is looking keen, we see Matilda leave the spread in her PJs, covered in black terriers and wearing dog slippers... so what does Matilda's cat like?
So much to see and smile over. The verbal text accompanies the little girl, told by an invisible narrator, who describes what Matilda enjoys doing. We, the reader, are left to claim as loudly, or as quietly, as we like, that Matilda's cat does not like any of those activities, until finally Matilda takes note and agrees with us (or did she know all along?). It's such fun and I can't wait to share this picturebook with my preschoolers.