'Ellie sat entranced throughout the story and then proclaimed "gain" (her way of demanding another reading)'
We loved this book! It is a quirky, life-affirming tale with a central message about the value of friendship and the importance of thinking of others. But what really makes this book is the beautiful, remarkably evocative illustrations. I found myself genuinely longing to share the characters' existence in their idyllic seaside home.
Ellie was also rather taken with the illustrations, pointing out lots of the little details in them. The cat slightly resembled our own beleaguered feline so won her heart immediately. She sat entranced throughout the story and then proclaimed "gain" (her way of demanding another reading). High praise indeed!
I was so taken with this book that I did some research into Mini Grey's other work and discovered that she is an award winning illustrator. This goes some way to explaining the prominent part that the illustrations play in this work almost to the point where the story seems to be guided by the illustrations rather than vice versa.
Grey is quoted as saying "I wanted the pictures of their life on the beach to be full of space and light ...