Ollie's Lost Kitten

Ollie's Lost Kitten

By Author / Illustrator

Nicola Killen



Age range(s)



Simon & Schuster Ltd




Paperback / softback




A spectacular autumn Halloween adventure, filled with pumpkins, black cats and witches, Ollie's Lost Kitten is the perfect book for cozying up with on spooky nights! With striking illustrations, cutouts and foil inside, this series is a great way to help ones engage with, and explore textures and shape.

One windy autumn day, Ollie and her cat Pumpkin are jumping in piles of fallen leaves when they discover a little kitten. After lots of fun and games, Ollie learns that the kitten is actually lost, and she must help him find his way home! But after returning the kitten to his rightful owner, she realises she has lost something very dear to her . . .

With playful cutouts for little ones to look through and explore, Ollie's Lost Kitten is the perfect gift book. This Halloween treat is the next in the bestselling Ollie series.



This tale begins when Ollie and her cat Pumpkin, go out to play amongst the swirling autumn leaves. To their surprise, a shivering kitten is discovered and is soon included in their playtime exploring. When Pumpkin stops for a well-earned rest, Ollie and the kitten continue further into the woods and find posters everywhere indicating that the kitten is lost and being looked for by its owner. Once the kitten is safely returned, it is Ollie's turn to be lost, and where is Pumpkin? Fortunately, Ollie and Pumpkin are eventually reunited and return home safely.

This is a beautiful autumnal story brought to life by the illustrations. These are mainly monochrome, with vivid splashes of orange and gold, highlighting particular features. Leaves appear on every page and some of them shine with an eye-catching coppery glint, conjuring up the colours of the season extremely effectively. They contrast strikingly with the greyness of the bare trees and the darkness of the night sky.

Cut-out windows encourage curiosity about what is on the next page and will certainly fascinate young readers. The story also gives an opportunity for counting, in a game of hide and seek, and for sound effects, such as rustling and meowing. There are plenty of smaller details to look for in the pictures too, like a tiny mouse, silvery cobwebs, an owl and some bats.

All's well that ends well, and every character finally ends up where they should be. The grateful kitten owner leaves a special thank you gift for Ollie in a spooky twist.

Picture book / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Judith Greenall, librarian

Suggested Reading Age 3+


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