My Life as a Cat is the most unique, charming story I have read in a very long time. Leonard is a cat but he didn’t start out that way. He is actually an alien who is spending a month on Earth to find out about the human race. He intended to become human but something went wrong on the journey and he suddenly found himself covered in fur, with a long tail and unable to communicate. His dreams of eating cheese sandwiches, having a dinner party and working as a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park lie in tatters around his little paws.
Luckily for Leonard, he meets Olive, a kind and caring girl who is spending the summer with her grandmother in South Carolina. She adopts Leonard and takes him on many adventures. He wonders if he should keep his identity a secret or take a risk and reveal the truth. If he doesn’t make it to Yellowstone in time, he will miss being collected by his species and be trapped on Earth forever! He needs Olive’s help.
This is so much more than an alien cat adventure. As Leonard strives to learn about what it means to be human, he learns the most important lessons of all about love, relationships and what it is to be a true friend. Human emotions can be overwhelming but, as he fulfils his dreams, he discovers what it means to truly live. Told from the fascinating point of view of a cat, every thought, feeling and sense is accentuated. Readers go through every up and down with this endearing character who expects the world to be just like an episode of I Love Lucy. Full of laughs and heart-felt moments, this is a story that will stay with you long after you read the final page.
Thank you to Nosy Crow for this brilliant book!
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