Bush Telegraph


- Ann Kilduff

Captain Cat By Joan Joass, illustrate­d by Bob Darroch, Oratia Books, $9.99

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This is a lovely rhyming book illustrate­d by Bob Darroch of the Little Kiwi series fame.

Fluff and Scout the cats love the tidbits of fish they get after Dad goes fishing. But one day they get an unexpected trip when Dad is a bit careless about tying up the boat. They jump on to help themselves and the boat takes off — with them on board. And it goes out over social media. The colourful, lively illustrati­ons complement the rhyming text (I loved the scene of the neighbours lining up with their cellphones taking photos). Great Kiwi story and setting. This pair also did The Longdrop about the exploding outside loo.

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