Ending my week of cat book reviews with stories about cats who got lost and the humans who are lost without them!
Lost Cat by Caroline Paul and illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton
Paul writes with an engaging, conversational tone. The coolest thing is that as ridiculous as this account sounds, it is true, but the way she tells the story sells it. She captures the emotions and events with humor, self-awareness, and sincerity, even the darker moments. She sees the humor in her situation, like trying to buy a GPS small enough for her cat and explain to the store clerk that she is not trying to track a straying lover but a cat. There are images from the GPS and camera to also provide more information (or not) about where lost cats go. It sort of reinforces the idea of the mysterious cat. Paul ties her quest to the joy and heartbreak of having pets, life, love, trust, and relationships in general, all with a healthy dose of humor and sincerity.
Lost Cat by C. Roger Mader
Look for both Lost Cat books in the VBPL Catalog. For more true cat stories, try Nancy Davidson’s The Secrets of Lost Cats: One Woman, Twenty Posters, and a New Understanding of Love and A Letter to My Cat (see review). For a few more wandering cat picture books, there is also C. Roger Mader’s TipTop Cat, Joy Harjo’s The Good Luck Cat, and Henry Cole’s Spot, the Cat.
Review submitted by Tracy V.
It seems appropriate to end the week with our own former lost cat, Rascal, who adopted us and has found a special place in our hearts (and that of quite a few others).