Book Review || Miss Penny Dreadful and the Midnight Kittens by Allison Rushby

Wednesday, November 9, 2022


Miss Penny Dreadful and the Midnight Kittens
Allison Rushby
Illustrated by Bronte Rose Marando
3rd August 2022

This was a lovely little book, with cute illustrations, following Miss Penny Dreadful as she goes on an adventure with her aunt and Jones, her aunt's monkey. I'm not really sure I have much more to say than that, but I'll give it a go.

I appreciate the note at the end about people in the Victorian era and their treatment of animals and also people who they considered 'different' (ie. because of race, disability, culture), as, within the context of the story, it helped that certain things were explained a little bit. I didn't really find the text overly Victorian, though, but it did have the air of it and that made it rather lovely to read at the same time as some Charles Dickens (I am taking part in The Mega Dickens Readalong).

I am really having trouble writing about this one because, honestly, though I enjoyed reading it, and I think I will definitely pick up the next one, it started to leave my brain a little after I finished it. It was a fun romp, and Penny is an interesting character, and I'm intrigued to see where the series goes, but past that I'm afraid I don't have much to say. I would recommend any parents considering this for their kids just give it a quick read - if your kids are bothered by taxidermied animals in any way, perhaps skip this one.

6/10 kittens frolicking in top hats and bonnets.

{I received a review copy of this book from Walker Books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own. Thank you!}

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