Lulu Gets a Cat

Lulu really wants a cat but Mum says looking after a pet is a lot of work. So Lulu decides to do her homework. She visits the library to find books on pet care and practices looking after her stuffed cat. When her Mum thinks she is ready for the responsibility, they head off to the local animal shelter to pick out a new cat for Lulu.

Lulu shows real determination through researching, making sure that her new cat has a special place to call her own in their house and waiting patiently while the cat settles into her new home. Beardshaw’s illustrations are rich in colour but still light and soft, perfectly suiting the story of Lulu.

This is a great picturebook where story and illustration come together seamlessly. Yet this is also a must-have picturebook because it bucks the trend of a real lack of diversity in children’s books. McQuinn is a supporter of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign and Lulu Gets a Cat is a perfect example of why mainstream publishers need to be braver in their choice of characters and settings. Good children’s books give children a chance to see and be different. A great addition to the Lulu series.