Paw Tracks in the Moonlight by Denis O'Connor
Illustrated by Richard Morris
To start off my first Giveaway, I will be offering my review copy of
Paw Tracks in the Moonlight.
This Giveaway is open to UK Residents only.
Rating: 5 out of 5
I really loved this delightful tale about Dennis and Toby Jug.
Who would think that a book with very little else happening apart from the relationship between a slightly eccentric character and his cat would be so interesting. A very gentle paced story that I really looked forward to picking up, and losing myself, to find out what was happening.
It very much reminded me whilst reading of Noodle. We, as a family, were living in Saudi Arabia for a 4 year posting with my husbands job. Sneak was a semi ferile female cat living on our compound who had litter after litter and was looking awful, scabby, skinny and very ill. Sneak would parade her kittens along the streets for the residents to see as she knew we would bring out food and water and milk for her and the kittens. She appeared friendly until you got too close to the kittens and then she'd attack . We all knew the rules and stuck by them if we wanted to see them. The PAWS representative on the compound couldn't catch her in time between pregnancies to have her spayed for her own health and benefit so it was decided to catch her when she'd had her latest litter.
She was caught but 2 of the kittens had been moved and could not be found. We had one of the 3 found. At the time he was only 4 weeks old and we had to prepare ourselves for the possibility that he wouldn't make it. I had to sleep with him snuggled into my neck and hair and wake up to feed him evaporated milk from a pen lid. I can tell you I was exhausted and after 2 days didn't think I could continue for much longer without a good nights sleep and getting up at 5.30am to get the kids to school. Luckily for all of us he finally got the idea and drank from a saucer.
Noodle went on to become quite a character on the compound. Loved by some and served ASBO's by others as he believed he had rights to all villas and any pet food lying around. He loved to attack adults legs as they walked and loved children so much he would seek them out. He would follow the children to school and walk with us wherever we walked. He would even happily sit on the front seat of the car for a drive.I would get phone calls to say that he was shopping in the supermarket or in the library and then the bus would drop him off back home.
When we finally had to return to the UK we were afraid he wouldn't last long with the traffic as he didn't know about how the outside world ran. He was used to walking wherever and resting if he felt in the middle of the road. If a car came by it would drive around him.
It's been 2 months and so far he's still ok. I just hope it stays that way.
But I digress ... Back to my review. I actually laughed and cried during the course of reading and so glad that Newbooks sent me this one to review.