Cuddle Kitten and Puddle Pup

Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 08/20/2017
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Author Biography

J.R.Poulter has worked as a senior educator, librarian, lecturer in English Expression, editor and in a circus. A multi-awarded author/poet with over 40 books to her name, she also writes poetry, YA and general readership fiction under J.R.McRae.
Trish Flannery is an illustrator and author of children’s books for publishers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Canada. Credits include Simon’s Hat from Clavis Publishers and The Moorchild by Eloise McGraw published by Gottmer Books. Trish has illustrated multiple books for literary and educational publication and received a grant from the Dutch Ministry of Culture for her illustrations.
Trish studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio U.S.A. and the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design in the Netherlands. Website:

    Book Review

Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers' Favorite

Cuddle Kitten and Puddle Pup by J.R. Poulter tackles the subject of toilet training in pets, always a vital part of a young animal’s education. Cuddle Kitten is the perfect cat. She uses her litter tray properly, with no splattery bits and no smells. She is constantly praised by her family and, since Cuddle Kitten is so good when it comes to bathroom hygiene, she even keeps a watchful eye on young Tottie when she goes to the potty. Things are just perfect and orderly, as it should be in a well run household. But disaster strikes when Uncle Gus comes to visit and brings ... a puppy! A noisy, badly behaved, rambunctious puppy that even chewed Cuddle Kitten’s tail, among other things! Even worse, the puppy, Puddle Pup, had absolutely no potty training and just went any and everywhere he chose. Tottie tried to help, but things simply got messier and smellier. Will Puddle Pup ever get potty trained and fit in with the rest of the family?

This is a hilarious tale that will have many adults nodding their heads as they remember the drama and chaos of a new pet. Young readers will learn about being patient and tolerant, and giving a helping hand in teaching others, as well as the family members working together as a team to solve a problem and restore harmony in the house. Children will adore the characters of Puddle Pup and Cuddle Kitten, which are beautifully captured by Trish Flannery’s illustrations. The images are just gorgeous and so realistic with lovely fine detail that young readers will enjoy exploring. The images help the story along magnificently and portray the different scenarios perfectly. At the end of the book is a delightful section on how to train your own puddle pup and easily overcome the hassles of the new pet and the potty. This is a lovely bedtime story for youngsters, and one they will ask for again and again.


Thank you, Rosie, for taking time to do Trish and Muza and I a well thought-out review!:)
This weekend coming, I get together with Dr. June Perkins, a wonderfully gifted Indigenous poet, for a panel on children's poetry and reading for the QueenslandPoetry Festival. Dr. Virginia Lowe is Chairing and June, Dr. Sall Murphy and I are also reading some of our work. June organised the event for us and we all hope to do many more such together! Best wishes J. R. Poulter

Cuddle Kitten and Puddle Pup

Thank you. Fiona, for such a thorough and thoroughly fun review! Trish and Muza [designer] and I are thrilled!
Best wishes