Book Reviews

#2 A safe place for Rufus

by Jill Seeney

‘Rufus loved curling up in his favourite place and dreaming of pilchards. But it hadn’t always been like this…

When Rufus was a kitten he lived with a different family who weren’t always kind. Sometimes they shouted at him. Sometimes he had no food to eat.

Rufus still remembered those times and bad memories followed him everywhere…and there was no getting away from them.

Would Rufus ever find a place where he could be cosy and calm and dream his dreams?’

This week I have been reading a safe place for Rufus written by Jill Seeney and illustrated by Rachel Fuller.

I was thoroughly impressed with this book, and in particular the way that the author explained the emotions that children may feel when they move to a new Foster or Adoptive home. The book is beautifully illustrated, and the feelings were captured within the drawings very well. The story discusses neglect in an age appropriate way and I like the fact that the author has used a cat as the main character as I think this would be less threatening for the younger audience.

Overall I feel the book was well written. This might be because the author is a senior social worker in a Fostering team and a trainer, so she may have some understanding of what the children are going through.

My family fostered for a long time therefore we witnessed some of the emotions that the children were feeling when they first moved in with us.

I would highly recommend this book to Foster carers and Adoptive parents to read with newly placed children to help them explain their children’s recent move of home.

My star rating: 4.5/5

Teen Adopt a different attitude (Age 13)


3rd April 2018

#1 The Teazles’ baby bunny

by Susan Bagnall

The Teazles lived in a bright, cosy burrow, by a sycamore tree in a Foxaway Hollow.

Their home was a happy one except for one thing….

They’d no baby bunny and the joy that would bring’.

This week I have been reading The Teazles baby bunny by Susan Bagnall. It’s a short book that is aimed at children aged two years plus.

It just so happens that I was two when I went to live with my Mummy and Daddy. Already, at this age I had a good understanding of where I came from. I therefore feel that this book should only be aimed at children placed from birth.

The first thing I spotted was the rhyming throughout the book. It gives the feeling of a nursery rhyme which children of this age group would enjoy, however this has restricted the use of words making it hard to choose ones that will make sense to younger children, for example at the age of thirteen, I had to look up the word ‘plight’.

Unfortunately as a child that enjoys and spends time creating art I didn’t feel impressed with the illustrations. They weren’t all that appealing to me and I am unsure if they would be to a younger child.

I read this book to my five year old brother and he didn’t see the adoption link within the story. At the end I asked him what he thought the book was about and he said “its about a rabbit family” I think he may have thought this because the book mentions ‘the baby being due’. In addition to this, I don’t feel the book gives a clear vision of who the badger is supposed to be. It doesn’t tell us, in much detail, where the baby came from and there is no mention of any foster carers. Therefore its possible some children may think, that Mr McBadger is a doctor.

If the author had chosen a different animal for the baby the adoption may have been more obvious to the younger audience.

Overall I would not recommend this book because the words are not age appropriate and I do not feel the message of adoption is clear. It might make children listen and then walk away with loads of unanswered questions swirling around, I mean where did Mr McBadger get the baby from?

My star rating: 2/5

Teen Adopt a different attitude (Age 13)


25th March 2018