REVIEW: Ghost Cat by Kevan Atteberry
There is a ghost in my house. I’ve only seen it out of the corner of my eye, but I think it is a cat, says a little boy in this comforting tale of love and loss.
There’s something oddly familiar about this ghost cat–it does lots of things that remind the boy of the cat he used to have. The boy’s not sure why the ghost cat never stays for more than a few moments, or why the ghost cat has visited him in the first place. He follows the ghost cat all over his house, until finally it leads him to something new and wonderful.
This is a lovely, sweet story about a boy who thinks he sees a cat out of the corner of his eye or hears it in another room. It’s there, just out of sight. There are crashes and splashes that he used to hear when his cat knocked off books, or knocked over bowls or dipped a paw in the aquarium. He hears purrs near his bed at night. But he can never catch this spectral cat. Until one day he hears it meowing by the door and sees it leap through it. Then he opens the door and finds …. well I won’t say. But this is a gentle way to help children through the loss of a pet – here depicted as a cute and mischievous cat who is not at all scary but rather looking after the little boy who misses his pet. B
Kevan does absolutely adorable monster illustrations as well. I think the monster a day challenge is in October, but follow him on Twitter or Instagram and you might see it.
@Kris Bock: I’ve also read his “Bunnies!!!” book and agree that the monster was adorable (though the Bunnies!!! needed a little convincing).