Verity adores her cat, Mabel, and is desperately sad when she dies. Remembering her recent school lessons about the Ancient Egyptians, Verity decides to mummify Mabel and keep her hidden. Verity's dad and grandparents can't bear to talk about death, having lost Verity's mum several years ago - but when they eventually discover what Verity has done, the whole family realises it's time to talk.
A superb handling of bereavement in Jacqueline Wilson's uniquely accessible and enjoyable style, for younger readers.
Managing to be both hilarious and poignant, The Cat Mummy is another sure-fire hit
Jacqueline Wilson writes so well about death and bereavement . . . Wilson does it again - economically and entertainingly embracing life's highs and lows
For those aged eight and over you couldn't do better than The Cat Mummy by Jacqueline Wilson, the funny, touching tale of Verity whose mum died the day she was born and who doesn't realise how much she loves her do-nothing cat until Mabel disappears. As always, Wilson hits every button
The loss of a loved one is dealt with lightly and gently
A touching and sad situation that is dealt with with a light touch that never trivialises the emotions portrayed
Games & activities
Dress up as the feisty and laugh-out-loud funny Tracy Beaker from Jacqueline Wilson’s well-loved books, using this easy DIY costume hack.
Get your pens and paper ready - it's time to learn how to draw Victorian heroine Hetty Feather with illustrator Nick Sharratt.