Book Reviews

5 stars 

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 July 2017 Amazon 

This is an adorable book. It is written in rhyme with lovely colourful illustrations. It involves humour and a broad selection of words - some of which are simple for young children but also a few that are challenging. It really made me smile and I can't wait to read it with my young nephews/neice. I think it is the sort of book young children will want you to read again and again, and I can see how it will fire imaginative discussions about Poppy's tail..... and who knows what Poppy will be up to in her next story.

5 stars - A great introduction to storytelling

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 February 2018 Amazon 

This is a beautifully written and illustrated book that holds young children captivated. It is colourful, glossy, great value for money and right on trend. I love the way creativity and imagination is promoted. I note from Twitter Cate Douglas is prepared to go and read the book in reception classes which is great for children on every level. I will certainly recommend a visit to my local primary school.


5 stars - Wonderfully written book

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 January 2020 Amazon

We were lucky enough to have Cate visit our Primary school and read Poppy's Tail to our Y1 and 2 children. The book is a delight, and children were engrossed and completely engaged during the reading. Poppy's tail is a joyful tale (pun intended) that will appeal to children (and adults). The pictures support English language learners. It has rhyming words. I can't wait for the sequel!

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School Testimonials

"What a wonderful book, loved by our children from the age of 3-8. Cate visited our school today - incredibly well paced, fun, interactive sessions delivered with complete understanding of each group of children. Can’t recommend the book and tails (inspired idea) enough! More please."  (Miss S L Cutting, Hessle Mount School, East Yorkshire)


“The staff and children in Reception and Year One really enjoyed ‘Poppy’s Tail’ and I am very thankful that you took the time to share it with all of us.”  (Rebecca Leviston, Ravenscourt Park Prep School, London) 

“From start to finish, all the children were captivated by ‘Poppy’s Tail’. Both boys and girls engaged with it and enjoyed trying on different tails and sharing why they had chosen them. The whole experience ignited the children’s imagination and got them enthused by reading. Thank you for making our World Book Day so memorable.”  (Krystyna Flanc, South Farnham Educational Trust) 

“Many thanks again for coming in to read Poppy’s Tail to the children. Your interactive session was hugely popular and the children loved donning a tail and becoming part of the story.”  (Christopher McMinn, Headmaster, St Mark’s Hall Nursery School, London)

“It was great of you to come in and share your book, the children absolutely loved it!”  (Morwenna Davies, Kew Green Preparatory School, London)    

“It made me feel happy because Cate let us try the tails on.”

“I loved the book because it rhymed and I love rhyming books.”

“It was exciting because we tried on the tails. She read the story and it made me want my own tail.”

“I think I really want to be an author so I could read my books to children. I would write about monsters.”

“I want to be an author like Cate now so I can write books for my little sister.”

(Reception children, Little Kingshill Combined School, Bucks)  


“Cate Douglas enthused and engaged the children and they joined in with the story-telling, being able to predict due to the rhyming text. Cate also brought along lots of tails from the story for the children to try on, and they were delighted to become the 'tail character'. She was then 'interviewed' by the KS1 and Reception children, as part of their topic about authors and illustrators, and spoke with enthusiasm about writing stories and the personal rewards writing can bring.”  (Lesley Osman, Black Torrington School, Devon)

"A big THANK YOU! from all of us in the Y1 and 2 team at ICS, for coming in to read Poppy's Tail. It was such a delight to have you. The children and staff had a wonderful time. Students thoroughly enjoyed your read aloud. I think they couldn't believe that they got to meet a real author! (I think the staff couldn't quite believe it either). I've heard from multiple parents who have said that their children wouldn't stop wearing their tail and only when they went to bed did they manage to convince them to take it off! So it seems that Poppy is not the only one who would like to have a tail!"  Jasmin Thornburrow, International Community School, London)

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