This story is beautifully read and i thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed it as a children's story set by the seaside featuring a harbour and lighthouse, with 'pesky kids' unmasking the villain and thwarting a magically laid plan to bring eternal winter. The cat is a truly wonderful cat. The character of the girl who leads the adventure is very well crafted and her personality is engaging. Her relationship with her mother is both warm and a little sad. The encounter in the second hand shop whilst trying to donate a bucket and spade is a classic. The story champions the kind of values traditional to children's literature; friendship, trust, bravery. Yes, i enjoyed it as a gently unfolding children's 'quest'.