Today dear readers I am on the blog tour for When Cherry Lost Terry (Published 26th April 2022 By Old Street Publishing) By Penny Phillips, illustrated By Clare Mallison. A big thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to review, always appreciated. Also to the wonderful Anne for the invite to take part in the tour, you making being a part of this community amazing.
When Cherry Lost Terry
When Cherry lost Terry one day, Where was he? Could anyone say? Asleep in a tree? Or down by the sea? He couldn’t be TOO far away. The animals searched high and low, Unsure what to do, where to go. Would Terry appear? The story is here… Just read it – and then you will know!
About The Author
Penny Phillips began making up poems when she was four, which was far too long ago. Having worked as an editor in publishing for over 30 years, she finally got round to writing a book herself. When Cherry Lost Terry has been extensively tested on children but not on animals. Penny is now the Sub-editor of The Oldie and lives in London with her husband.
About The Illustrator
Clare Mallison has only one photograph of herself in which she is not eating or drinking. She has worked as a freelance illustrator for various publications, including The Times, Financial Times, New Statesman and New York Times. When Cherry Lost Terry is her first book.
This adorable picture book for 3 to 5 year olds tells the story of a white cat called Cherry who has lost her dear friend Terry. One day Antelope Ann spots trouble at sea so goes off to find out what’s happening along with Badger Billy. They jump in Billy’s boat Little Lilly and go out to sea. All of a sudden Cherry comes flying past on a ferry and asks the animals for help. Her friend Terry has fallen into the sea and she can’t find him. Soon all the animals start to help looking for Terry. There is a giraffe called Grace, a hippopotamus called Hank, a Panda called Penny and many more animals who join the adventure to find Terry. Where is Terry? Who is Terry? Come find out dear reader.
I enjoyed how Phillips used the alphabet with the name of the animal beginning with the same letter as their species. I thought this was a useful and fun way for children to learn. My boys loved the mixture of animals that were included in the story, they kept trying to guess what kind of animal Terry could be. The story taught my boys about friendship and helping each other out in times of need. And how could you not want to help Cherry, she’s a talking white cat!
The flow of this story is perfect for bedtime as it uses limericks, the rhymes roll off your tongue creating a cosy and relaxing atmosphere. My boys love rhymes and kept trying to guess what the next word would be. Our favourite character was Wayne the Whale, we are desperate to take a ride on him with the other animals on his back.
Mallison’s illustrations are beautiful to look at, they bring Phillips’ words to life as the animals jump out at you on the page. Mallison uses gentle and warm colours that help you absorb into this animal adventure, you feel like a kid again and stop at nothing to help Cherry find Terry. Mallison brings wonder and warmth with her illustrations, you are transported into a magical world that you will love visiting time after time.
I give When Cherry Lost Terry By Penny Phillips a Five out of Five paw rating.
An absolute joy to read! This is the perfect bedtime adventure for your little ones. We loved it!
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