Sunday, 25 June 2017
Dancing Paws of Magic
Maria McArdle loves the theatre and she loves ballet. In fact it was her attendance at ballet studios during her youth in Australia that gave her the idea for her stories about the cat ballet company, the Pusska Mogginsky Ballet Company.
The ballet studios, reveals Maria, always carried a certain pungent feline odour. Although no cats were, mysteriously, ever seen in the studios.
Maria often wondered where, exactly, the cats disappeared to. Which became her inspiration for her stories of the feline ballet company, Pusska Mogginsky.
Pluckerslea Hall is an amazing place! For it is filled with cats who live there, in secret tunnels, the music rooms, the dormitories, the dance studios and also the theatre at Pluckerslea Hall.
The cats are all wearing their finest ballet costumes as they nervously prepare themselves for ballet performances such as Swan Lake.
However, a visit by a mysterious, but beautiful gypsy cat brings them a doomladen warning, things begin to go wrong for the ballet cats.
Bruiser Bumfluff who is evil and ruthless, aided and abetted by his dastardly crows and the vile and villainous Black Treacle Farm Gang, aims to destroy the ballet company.
But there's someone else, someone evil who hates the ballet company and who is plotting a fiendish revenge against them and who is shadowing the members.
Are they doomed? Or can the ethereal presence of a magic-imbued Irish Lepremogg help bring about the restoration of the cats' "dancing paws of magic?"
The book is amusing, but it is also very moving too and Maria has added some utterly spellbinding illustrations, proving how talented she is.
Children who love cats, children who love the ballet and children who love both cats and the ballet will find this book utterly charming. Their parents and grandparents will find it utterly charming, too.
It costs £7.99 and can be purchased here https://goo.gl/wdCFDG. Please do look out for other books in the series which are also available.