Book 100 - John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat #100daysofbooks (verdict: nostalgic)

Day 100. So, I saved John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat for last because if someone had asked me to name a picture book from my childhood, this is the one I'd have said. It's the story of an old woman (Rose) and her protective dog (John Brown). I have a curious sense of nostalgia about the story, mixed with the same sadness it gave me as a child - Rose seems very lonely, even with her companions, and the illustrations convey that in their muted colours and careful attention to the olde-worlde details of her house. Even when the Midnight Cat comes into the picture, the story still feels melancholic - the sense this is a temporary reprieve only. I have those same impressions now, but I guess I have a slightly healthier relationship with change these days. Even so, I find it's a story I only want to consume sparingly, as carefully as it's been constructed.

Master A's verdict: Patiently looked at the pictures through the whole reading.


  • Title: John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat
  • Author/Illustrator: Jenny Wagner / Ron Brooks
  • Source: In home library
  • Publisher: Puffin

That's the end of our #100daysofbooks project! The next post will talk about a few insights about these books (unexpected) and our donation to the Indigenous Literacy Project. :)


Book 92 - Lucky Tucker #100daysofbooks (verdict: fun, especially for adults)

Day 92. I have to be honest - I saw a lot of euphemisms in Lucky Tucker. I have no idea if it's intentional (probably not) but from the title, to some of the illustrations, there were moments of hilarity for me. I started wondering if it was a secret stash of humour for adults (a bit like The Simpsons always had), especially as it's a story with an Irish flavour. Basically, Tucker has a bad luck day, then rolls in some four-leaf clover and his fortunes change, and from then on it's icecream and frivolity. This was a fun read for me, and illustrations are simple and bright. It's not a glorious pinnacle of the genre, but we've read many a less enjoyable tale than this.

Master A's verdict: Enjoyed, while crawling across our laps.


  • Title: Lucky Tucker
  • Author/Illustrator: Leslie McGuirk
  • Source: Borrowed from local library
  • Publisher: Candlewick

What's on tomorrow? Another library pick.