Verity adores her cat, Mabel, and is desperately sad when she dies. Remembering her recent school lessons about the Ancient Egyptians, Verity decides to mummify Mabel and keep her hidden. Verity's dad and grandparents can't bear to talk about death, having lost Verity's mum several years ago - but when they eventually discover what Verity has done, the whole family realises it's time to talk.
A superb handling of bereavement in Jacqueline Wilson's uniquely accessible and enjoyable style, for younger readers.
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Managing to be both hilarious and poignant, The Cat Mummy is another sure-fire hit - The Scotsman
Jacqueline Wilson writes so well about death and bereavement . . . Wilson does it again - economically and entertainingly embracing life's highs and lows - TES
For those aged eight and over you couldn't do better than The Cat Mummy by Jacqueline Wilson, the funny, touching tale of Verity whose mum died the day she was born and who doesn't realise how much she loves her do-nothing cat until Mabel disappears. As always, Wilson hits every button - Express on Sunday
The loss of a loved one is dealt with lightly and gently - Financial Times
A touching and sad situation that is dealt with with a light touch that never trivialises the emotions portrayed - The Bookseller
JACQUELINE WILSON is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author who served as Children's Laureate from 2005-7. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards, including the British Children's Book of the Year and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (for The Illustrated Mum), the Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award (for Double Act, for which she was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal). In 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was appointed a Dame. She was the author most borrowed from British libraries in the last decade.
'A brilliant writer of wit and subtlety' THE TIMES 'She should be prescribed for all cases of reading reluctance' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Has a rare gift for writing lightly and amusingly about emotional issues' BOOKSELLER