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Sue Hendra is the highly successful author of Norman: The Slug With The Silly Shell, and Barry: The Fish With Fingers.

Both these stories are incredibly popular in the school in which I work, and it seems that Hendra knows when she is onto a good thing and is not about to mess with a tried and tested formula.  Hence this tale of Keith: The Cat With The Magic Hat, bearing more than a passing resemblance to the other stories.

Each story has the basic premise that an animal either wants to be different and finds a way to achieve that with the aid of some kind of food based prosthetic, or ends up being different thanks to some food based mishap. There are then a series of amusing situations in which the creature finds themselves until they either come to their senses, find acceptance, or find a way to shuck off whatever food stuff has landed on them.

In Keith: the Cat with the Magic Hat, Keith finds himself with an upturned ice cream cone atop his head.  Before he can shake it off, he wanders into a group of his delinquent cat friends, who delight in teasing him unmercifully.

Keith is not very happy about the teasing situation so he resorts to the outright lie of telling his cohorts that it is in fact a magical, wizard’s hat.  He then flounders when they ask him to prove it and do some magic.

Three ‘magical’ situations then arise, which prove to be very, very silly indeed, and which reduced my children and I to gales of laughter.

We love this book. It is absolutely ludicrous, and all the better for it.

Perfect for children aged 3-7.

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