As Ava played out in the garden one day,
When the air was all foggy, the sky rather grey,
Something appeared (or rather, did not)
From among the wet leaves in the vegetable plot.
The marvellous creature was fluffy and tiny,
As cute as a button, with eyes big and shiny,
A tail that swished proudly, first this way, then that,
A fabulous, friendly, invisible cat!
Published by Faber and Faber in February 2014
Pages - 80
Summary From Faber and Faber
When Ava discovers an imaginary cat in the cabbage patch, she knows she's found a new best friend. Together, Ava and Squishy McFluff get up to all kinds of mischief...
Squishy McFluff is not only invisible, he's very very naughty. He gets paint on the carpet, felt-tip on the curtains and pepper and salt all over the table. Ava loves him, but Mum and Dad aren't quite so keen – especially when Squishy turns the bathroom into a muddy rainforest. But Mum's plans to send him packing don't work and it's left to Great Grandad Bill to convince Ava that Squishy must mend his ways.
The book is lots of fun and children will love hearing about Squishy's exploits. It's written in rhyme and contains three linked stories. Most of the double page spreads are illustrated with charming drawings in three muted colours: white and various shades of pink and grey-green. It's not quite a picture book because it's small in size and the illustrations are secondary to the text, but it's not quite a chapter book either so it's hard to categorize it precisely. But that won't deter children. The story is great – that's what matters – and it's the first in a series so there's plenty more fun to come…