About the book: This is a delightful adventure story full of new lands, a sassy Queen, delicious feasts, untold treasures, greedy merchants and, of course, a shipful of cats! In this longer illustrated fiction, cat lover Captain Cat has a ship load of feline friends, in fact there are more cats than sailors, and they are great rat catchers. On his voyage he arrives at a remote and lonely island where the queen, a little girl, has never seen a cat. Perhaps Captain Cat will leave her cats behind to help rid her island of a rat infestation? This a lovely, warm story about friendship and family.
Reasons for selection: This simple story is told in a relaxed, chatty tone and younger readers will find the story easy to understand, whilst some of the vocabulary will challenge and extend them. The illustrations are traditional, with a dreamy, romantic quality and offer the chance for readers to explore characterisation at a deeper level.
About Take One Book: The books in the Take One Book collection can be used in conjunction with the Take One Book website, or independently. Take One Book is Just Imagine’s programme for teaching reading and English using high quality literature. You can find further information and free exemplar units on the Take One Book website takeonebook.org
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