Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
on September 22nd 2015
Published by Feiwel & Friends Goodreads
In her first novel since winning the Newbery Medal, Katherine Applegate delivers an unforgettable and magical story about family, friendship, and resilience.
Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan. Again.
Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him. But is an imaginary friend enough to save this family from losing everything?
Beloved author Katherine Applegate proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary.
I really wanted to love this book. I liked it as an adult but I’m not sure I want my daughter to read it. It’s kind of sad. Let me explain.
I feel like we push our kids too hard these days. We are always pushing them to get good grades, do chores, be a good citizen, don’t do this, and don’t do that nag, nag, nag! When can they just be kids? As adults we take breaks when we get stressed out, we go out with our friends, curl up with a good book or whatever we need to do to de-stress. What about our kids? When do they get a break, a few hours to really wind down? Books are great for this. I want my daughter to fall in love with a book, to be transfixed by the setting and the characters, take a break from the stresses in real life. What I don’t want is for her to start thinking about the reality of life. I know that sounds crazy and terrible BUT! it’s true. This book is about a family going through a really hard time. They have to sell all their belongings, and at one point live in their van. Crenshaw is a human sized imaginary cat that Jackson created to help him get through everything going on in his life. Even though by the end of the book things are looking up, Crenshaw sticks around. The very last line of the book is Jackson saying he is glad Crenshaw decided to stick around; he wanted to enjoy the magic as long as he could, my sentiments exactly!
I don’t want it to sound like I didn’t enjoy this book, I did. It’s not something I want my 10-year-old to have to think about. Also, please note, this book is something I don’t want MY daughter to read until she’s a little older, I still recommend the book.