Nicole G. Webster's Fluffy the Hairless Cat and the Midnight Mouse Mission is a truly delightful picture book filled with fun humour!
The game of cat and mouse continues between a Sphynx cat and a mouse named Arnold in a modern setting. Fluffy plots and plans his mission to catch the mouse that keeps stealing the family's cheese, but Arnold is two steps ahead of him, mocking and teasing.
This is a story for kids (and their parents!) who love or have ever loved a pet. The people who feel their pets are an integral part of the family. And I love Fluffy's decision about what's more important right at the end of the story...I'll leave that bit for you to find out for yourself.
The illustrations by Kristina Dutton are beautiful and adorable all at once. I absolutely love her style. The whole book is so well designed.
There's also some information after the story about hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), which is a deadly but common cardiac defect in the Sphynx and several other cat breeds. Dr. Kate Meurs's HCM Research Laboratory at North Carolina State University is mentioned, and donations are encouraged. A very worthy cause!
Look for my interview with Nicole G. Webster coming September 14th!