A number of adult writers now write books for a younger audience including Kathy Reichs, John Grisham, Philippa Gregory & Neil Gaiman. But this is the first time that Ruth Rendell has ventured into the wilds of writing for younger readers.
She has just published a lovely little hardcover book full of stories about her cat Archie, the neighbours dog, Archie as well as numerous other cats & dogs who live in her street.
Initially, Rendell planned the book to be read by new-to-English adult readers and illiterate adults, but the marketing is now pushing this as a younger readers early chapter book.
Which explains a lot about the curiosities within this sweet little book.
The narrator voice sounds rather old-fashioned, the writing is very precise and clear and there are no children present anywhere, at all. Each vignette is beautifully crafted, delightful and quaint in a very English way.
I suspect adult lovers of cats and dogs and Ruth Rendell will snap this little treasure up, but I'm not a 100% sure that younger readers will appreciated the ye olde world charm so evident in this book.