Review Blog

Sep 23 2014

Crikey and Cat by Chris McKimmie

cover image

Crikey and Cat by Chris McKimmie
Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781760110031.
(Age: Pre-school - K) It is such a dark night - so dark, in fact, that all the stars have disappeared from the sky. So what do you do? You gather up Crikey your dog and Cat, hop in your ute, go to the all-night hardware store for supplies, build the longest ladder, climb it and put them back! Amazing what can be achieved with scissors and glue. Now Crikey and Cat can sit outside and enjoy the night sky again. All is well with the world.  But then a storm comes . . .
'Big rain!
Big rain!
Whirly wind!'
Safe into shelter they run. But, once again, all the stars are blown from the sky. Can they be replaced?
This is another one of Chris McKimmie's masterpieces. Written with a minimum of text, the story is told in his iconic illustrative style demonstrating how a can-do attitude, resilience and persistence can overcome almost anything. Set against a uniquely Australian background, it demands that the reader look closely at the pictures and draw on their imagination to extract the richness and meaning of this story. While the text and pictures work really well together, the full impact of the story is probably best gained from a shared reading where a knowledgeable adult can point and discuss and question the 3-6 year old who is the target audience.
Chris McKimmie has been a CBCA nominee three times - Crikey and Cat may be his fourth.
Barbara Braxton

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
Book Week 2017 ideas - Escape to Everywhere
Speech Pathology shortlist 2017
2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals
2017 Branford Boase Award
2017 UKLA Book Awards
Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2017
10th UK Waterstones Children's Laureate
UK Children's Book Award 2017
Laugh Out Loud Awards 2017 shortlist
2017 Locus Awards Winners
Environment Award for Children's Literature shortlist
Miles Franklin longlist 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates