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Oct 02 2014

The big book of Old Tom by Leigh Hobbs

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Allen and Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781743318447.
(Age: 7+) Highly recommended. Who doesn't love the TV series 'Old Tom'? The big book of Old Tom is 5 stories combined into one huge novel-sized book. It uses black and white drawings and minimal text to tell each story, helping engage readers in the stories of a spoiled cat called Old Tom. It is highly recommended for all readers due to the large amount of images but would be especially appealing to girls and boys aged 7+. As a teacher, I am always looking for novels to engage reluctant readers as well as those who struggle to read. This book will make struggling readers look like they are reading like their peers.
In book 1, we find out how Old Tom came to live with his owner Angela. We see how he is not a typical cat and is usually in the middle of the trouble, not looking on from the fence! The other stories continue to tell us about Old Tom and his mischievous adventures - the drawings helping create the comical side of the TV series.
Kylie Kempster

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