Blog Tour - The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Coral Rumble

I'm delighted to be the next stop on this blog tour! I'll be telling you more about the mother and daughter writer/illustrator team and, of course, sharing our thoughts on the book.

The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat

Charlotte Cooke joins her mum, Coral Rumble, to illustrate this beautiful poem.

Genre: Picture Book
Publisher: Wacky Bee Books
Publication Date: 4th April 2017
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780995697249

"The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea, in a box on the living room floor. They sailed away for a year and a day and these are the things that they saw... 

Join two curious children on a quirky adventure, loosely based on the classic Edward Lear poem, The Owl and the Pussycat​.​"


I always love reading rhyming books to my children so the fact that this one is loosely based on a very well known poem made me even more keen to read it. 

This has been one of E's favourite bedtime stories in recent weeks, she loves looking at the beautiful, bright illustrations and spotting new things on each read-through.

The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat

One of our favourite things about this book is that E can "read" it back to me. This is because there aren't loads of words, just enough to tell the story, so after we had read it a few times she could remember the rhyme for herself (with a few cute E alterations of course).

We also love how imaginative the storyline is and how perfectly the illustrations bring all the crazy scenes to life! The idea of a lobster playing catch particularly amused E πŸ˜„.

The owl and the pussycat themselves were a fabulous twist on the traditional version. In my mind the two children made the adventures more relatable to little ones - playing these kind of games are something all children do, so this simply gives them another idea for an imaginary world.

The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat

This is a wonderfully imaginative and colourful children's book, I have a feeling it will be a V Family favourite for a long time!



Coral RumbleI have worked as a poet and performer for many years and I’m proud to have my work featured in Favourite Poets (Hodder). I have three published poetry collections of my own and have contributed to more than 150 anthologies. I am also one of the writers of the popular Cbeebies programmes ‘Poetry Pie’ and ‘The Rhyme Rocket’. I have given workshops in some fairly unusual venues as well…the grandest of which being Buckingham Palace!


Charlotte CookeI was thrilled and proud when my picture book The Adventures of the Owl & the Pussycat was highly commended for the Macmillan Children’s Prize in 2010. Since then I have gone on to illustrate many other picture books and I enjoy making the occasional card too. When I’m not in my studio I’m usually outside running or playing referee to my two kids.


Don't forget to check out the other blogs on this tour...

The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat

Thank you to the publisher for sending us this book in exchange for our honest opinion.


  1. I love those colours Kate! Really draw the eye. It's great when LOs see something different each re-read :) Fab review. x

    1. I agree Shaz, it keeps it interesting! I love the colours too, so vibrant. Thank you for stopping by x


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