I've already read the first six books in the Squishy Taylor series but when the opportunity arose to revisit where her story began I jumped at the chance. It's been almost two years since I first discovered Squishy in my local library and I wanted to know if she was still as adorable as I remembered. Of course she was! Squishy is one of my favourite book kids. She's one of those people that you say, "You've got spunk, kid!" to, even though you can't remember the last time you called someone 'kid' and you've never told one they have 'spunk' before. I expect this series and especially the first book would helpful for readers who are new to blended families. I appreciate that the situation Squishy finds herself in is realistic. While she Skypes her Mum each day, she misses seeing her face to face. She's having trouble adjusting to the new family that's been moulded together when her Dad remarried. She feels ganged up against by her twin stepsisters. I absolutely adore the idea of having bonus people in your life; for example, bonus sisters instead of stepsisters. The concept of bonus puts such a positive spin on a difficult situation. Squishy and her bonus sisters get into trouble. At times they're manipulative and make downright dodgy decisions to do mean things to people, but they're kids. They bounce off one another and come up with schemes they'd never dare to try to pull off alone. Overall they're sisters with big hearts who want to help people and love to solve mysteries in their neighbourhood. Ben Wood's illustrations have a fun energy about them and Squishy's personality in particular shines through. You get the sense he really enjoys bringing this family to life and unlike a lot of children's books I've read recently, Ben's illustrations work with the feel of the book and what's happening in the pictures lines up with what's happening in the story. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Capstone for reminding me how much I love Squishy.