Webb Review – What A Clever Cat! by Gabriella Heyburn

What A Clever Cat by Gabriella Heyburn.

Written and illustrated by Gabriella Heyburn, What A Clever Cat is a full colour picture book about a very clever cat indeed. The story follows three cats and their owners to the winter fair with some very funny conclusions.

Harrison and I enjoyed seeing the cats in their homes being pampered, the different homes have been illustrated beautifully, my favourite is the canal barge, what a lovely home for a cat.

A beautiful home for a cat.

The story is very sweet with lots of lovely big illustrations of the cats, if you have a child who is a cat lover then this book is a very easy sell, they will definitely enjoy it! The illustrations are clear and tell the story really well and the font is very bold and simple making it ideal for early readers but I can easily imagine adults enjoying the cheeky and mischievous antics of the cat too.

Harrison enjoying the story.

Harrison loves all books with animals as a main focus and he thought that the ending was brilliant. Initially he was unsure about choosing this book because the cover is quite dull and he thought it might be a sad story but once he had a little flick through and saw that it was actually really colourful he got comfy and sat down for a read. The cover really gives nothing away, it may have been better to have a brighter and more eye catching cover that matched the feel of the interior but then perhaps the surprise wouldn’t of been as humorous?

Sausages??

We also found it hilarious that one of the cats loves sausages, having never had a cat of our own (We are very much bunny people!) we had no idea that cats would enjoy sausages and for some reason that visual is just really funny to us.

What A Clever Cat is Gabriella Heyburns first picture book and we really hope that she will continue to make them. Gabriella captured the characteristics of the cats beautifully, they have a lot of personality. The story telling is great and I can see it getting better and better with more books.

If you know a little cat lover you can’t go wrong with this story book. It has been a difficult one to review because I really do not want to give the ending away and spoil it for you. It is a really charming story.

4 out of 5 Webs

Harrison has awarded this book a 4 webs out of 5, the only part he wasn’t sure about though was the cover, a lesson that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover because he enjoyed the story inside and it wasn’t sad at all.

You can get yourself a copy of What A Clever Cat now from Shookbop. This is an author and illustrator that I think will continue to put out beautiful stories so get yourself her first book now.

Thank you so much for reading our review.

Samantha and Harrison x

Please note – this book was sent to us for review, it is not a paid review and all opinions are our own.

Webb Review – Percy The Pigeon by Katie Budge

Percy The Pigeon is the story of a very greedy pigeon who hasn’t learnt to share, his friends have had enough of his selfish ways and decide to stay away from him.

It is a lovely story that Harrison Webbling particularly enjoyed because his middle name is Percy and author Katie Budge was kind enough to sign it for him. It is a tale of redemption and forgiveness with a happy ending, that really helps you to speak to children about what it means to be friends and to teach them that sharing really is caring. It starts off very humorous with Percy keeping everything to himself and eating anything he can get his hands on but soon teaches that greed leads to loneliness.

Percy and Harrison Percy.

We enjoyed the rhyming text which was very rhythmic and rolled off of the tongue easily, there were no abstract concepts that Harrison was not familiar with so he could follow the story very easily and see the clear moral too.

The illustrations by Jen Aranyi are vibrant and striking despite being quite simple, it would have been really nice if they had gone to the edges of the pages but that is the illustrator in me talking and it didn’t detract from the story at all. Our favourite picture was this lovely random little snail, we are glad he didn’t get eaten by Percy! We were concerned for a moment!

Percy and the snail!

The quality of the book is lovely, as in previous reviews that I have written this book also has lots of plain pages in the back. I have since found out that this is because of the print on demand processed commonly used now and is not down to the author. This is a serious waste that needs to be addressed by the printers in my opinion but is out of control of the creator at the present time.

Harry pretending to be Percy.

We thoroughly enjoyed Percy The Pigeon, he is a funny and endearing little character. I would recommend this story for all children but especially if you are having trouble with children who don’t like to share, it is a hard lesson for us all to learn after all (I still don’t like sharing my Sherbet Fountains!). It opens up some interesting conversations in a very unobtrusive way.

The only negative Harrison had was that not all selfish people are chubby and not all chubby people are selfish. I was quite proud of this point of view from my little man, and it also highlighted to me that the book avoids the word ‘fat’ which I feel is probably sensible in a children’s story. We used this as an opportunity to discuss the fact that your outside doesn’t reflect what is on the inside.

We give Percy The Pigeon 4 out of 5 Webbs and look forward to reading more of Katie Budge’s stories.

4 out of 5 Webbs

Samantha and Harrison Webb x

Please note, this is not a sponsored review, I purchased this book directly from Katie Budge and it is available to purchase on Amazon.