Review: Wendy the Wallpaper Cat by Jason Hook and Ilaria Demonti

Wendy Cat

Wendy the Wallpaper Cat

by Jason Hook

Illustrated by Ilaria Demonti

Wendy can’t sleep, no matter what she tries. she counts sheep, reads books and even turns somersaults – but nothing works. Eventually Wendy’s parents take her on holiday to stay at her grandfather’s house, and he invites Wendy to stay in whichever room is her favourite, Wendy is amazed to discover interiors covered in wallpapers that come to life, and their sights, sounds and smells fill her head with images and ideas. As she wanders happily from room to room, she finally finds a way to drift off to sleep.

A beautiful new children’s book from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, featuring the work of designer Walter Crane (1845-1915).

Wendy the Wallpaper cat is a story that all parents can relate to, no matter what they or Wendy do, she just CANNOT sleep! She loves her Grandpa Walter and sees him a lot but has never been to his house. So her parents take her there to see if he can help her sleep. She gets to choose her favourite room in the house (there are many that have amazing wallpapers). She chooses the room with the wallpaper featuring her favourite nursery rhymes. Wendy sleeps (even though she says that she danced the whole night long), and when she returns home she is still able to sleep.

This is a fun, lightly interactive book with fabulous illustrations. Officially recommended for 3-5 year olds, but my personal opinion is that older readers 10-12 (girls in particular) would also enjoy this book a lot.

Published by: Bloomsbury in May 2015, with thanks to Bloomsbury for supplying this copy to review.

Recommended Retail Price $24.99 (Hardcover)

Recommended Age: 3-5 years

My Rating: 4.5/5

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