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Lola Gets a Cat by Anna McQuinn Book Review

Lola Gets a Cat, by Anna McQuinn | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | August 13, 2016

Lola Gets a CatLola Gets a Cat

Written by Anna McQuinn

Illustrated by Rosalin Beardshaw

Age Range: 3 and up

Hardback: 28 pages

Publisher: Charlesbridge

ISBN: 978-1580897365

What to expect: Cats, Pets, Animal Shelters, Pet Adoption

Lola has always wanted a cat. When her mom tells her that cats are a lot of work, she sets out to learn all about them. She gets books from the library and learns all about their amazing sense of smell. She pretends her stuffed cat Dinah is a real cat and feeds her and gives her water. Finally, they adopt a cat from the shelter. When they bring a sweet little gray one home, Lola is ecstatic. But the little cat is afraid, and stays in her corner. Eventually she comes out and plays with Lola and they bond, becoming the best of friends. She names her Makeda, which is the name of an African queen. Together Makeda and Lola are the best of friends, and Makeda is happy in her forever home where she is truly treated like a little kitty queen.

This is a delightful book with the cutest little girl who longs for a cat of her own. All children who want pets can relate to her struggle. Getting a pet is a lot of work, but it can be wonderfully fun! Even Lola’s planning chart (mealtime, watering time, play time) would be great conversation starters with children who are planning on getting a pet of their own. Parents could take children to the library, just like Lola, so that they can learn more about their desired pet. The book is both informative and entertaining.

Anna McQuinn’s story is sweet and simple, and even the youngest children will enjoy hearing about Lola and her newly adopted cat. The tone is light, and perfect for snuggling with before bedtime. The illustrations are beautiful and very colorful, the paint popping off of the page. Children will love Makeda the cat’s bright blue eyes. The book is diverse and full of characters of all races, and Lola herself is African American. What a wonderful addition to a child’s library!

Highly recommended.

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About the Author

Anna McQuinn has worked in children’s books for more than twenty-five years as an editor, publisher, and writer. She has written more than twenty books for children, including the Lola series and books about Lola’s baby brother, Leo. Anna lives in England.

About the Illustrator

Rosalind Beardshaw has illustrated many books for children, including the Lola series, Mole’s Babies (Tiger Tales), Just Right for Christmas (Nosy Crow), and The Best Present (Scholastic). She lives in England.

Lola Gets a Cat, by Anna McQuinn, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like Lola Gets a Cat by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with ,,,and 

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Denise Mealy is a former web content provider who stays at home to change diapers and write books. Her days are filled with Word documents, books and sloppy kisses (from dogs and baby alike). She likes to read, cook, dance, travel and forward pictures of spam sculptures to friends. If she could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, it would be a toss up between J.K. Rowling and Jane Austen. They would probably eat pasta. Yes, definitely pasta. For more information, visit: www.dccmealy.com You can also find her on Twitter: @dccmealy

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