Goodreads blurb: “For fans of Alfie the Doorstep Cat and A Streetcat Named Bob, this is the heart-warming, inspirational story of one cheeky little dog and his beloved sister, two grumpy cats, and a family at Christmas. Bertie is alone, devastated after his beloved sister and fellow beagle Molly is adopted, leaving him behind. When Bertie is taken in by the Green family, it seems he’s finally found a place to call home…Yet Bertie swiftly realises that the kind and loving Green family is in crisis. After a tragedy two years ago, they’ve never recovered – and as Christmas approaches, grief is pulling them apart. Never has a four-legged friend been more in need – and brave, warm-hearted Bertie must rise to the challenge. Can he enlist the help of hostile felines Kitty and Rico to help him find Molly – and can bring the Green family back together again, all in time for Christmas?”
What a sweet book this is! I’m so glad that I accepted a copy from the publisher when there was a shout out for bloggers on Twitter recently.
I haven’t read a book told by an animal for such a log time, and this really was a delightful book to reacquaint myself with this genre. I fell in love with Bertie who was such a scamp. I mean how can you not succumb to that face, and those gorgeous pleading eyes on the cover? I loved his antics, his descriptions and excitement at the different smells in the air when he went out for a walk. His relationship with the other dogs in his first home was amusing and his reaction to the cats he meets later in the book is just hilarious!
The story was quite emotional at times, with quite a few unexpected twists and turns, constantly making me wonder if Bertie could pull it all off in time for Christmas.
I definitely recommend this if you enjoy stories told from the animal’s point of view and for fans of Michael Morpurgo books.
Thanks so much to Emily Kitchin at Hodder Fiction for my copy.
Bertie’s Gift by Hannah Coates is available now and is published by Hodder & Stoughton