Our little Orla goes through phases with books, at the moment she’s really interested in books about pets. This is probably because her older brother and sister are forever regaling us with tales about how life would be so much better if we could just get a dog. They would instantly become better behaved if we had a dog. They would do everything mummy and daddy say if we had a dog, they wouldn’t fight if we had a dog and the list goes on!
Orla’s recent favourite book has been “I want a Cat” by Tony Ross and so when we were asked to review ‘The Saccone Joly’s and the Great Cat-Nap’ book – I knew this would be right up her street! The book is about a daughter who’d like a cat to join her already pet-crazed household with 6 dogs! Well right there, that had Orla hooked – a house with 6 dogs and we won’t even let her get one!
What we loved straight away about the book is the beautiful illustrations by Francesca Gambetesa. They’re full of life and character and the expressions have a lovely genuine feel to them. The illustrations have given each of the dogs super cute distinctive facial expressions and Orla changes her favourite dog on a daily basis! The drawings are reminiscent of old kids’ cartoons of a generation or two back with wonderfully expressive animals and Gambetesa has a great way of capturing the mischief of the dogs.
Neither Orla and I had watched the Saccone Joly’s online and we weren’t familiar with their youtube channel and you don’t need to be to enjoy the book with your kids. I feel it stands up well enough regardless of any celebrity or YouTuber link but what struck Orla was the real life photos of the family and their dogs and how they went about making and designing the book. She’s been hooked by the pages which show the real life family and it’s meant the book has someone become more exciting, now that she knows they’re a real life family so I think it’s probably going to be more popular with those that are familiar with the celebrities.
I must admit from an adult’s perspesctive the storyline doesn’t have much rhythm and it wouldn’t be my first choice to read for a bedtime story as there the storytelling is a little bland. However, Orla loves the idea of dogs with their own lives and adventures to be had and she giggled incessantly at the cat-napping!
If anything, it has just fuelled our kids delight in animals and their ongoing mission to convince us to get them a dog!
You can buy a copy of The Sacconejoly’s and the Great Cat-Nap from Amazon and other book retailers.
Disclosure: we were sent a copy of the book in exchange for a review. All thoughts, words and photos are my own.