As a self-professed cat lover, I’m always on the lookout for great cat-themed stories. When Captain Cat arrived, I was pleased to see that not only was this book full of felines, it was also a delightful story with beautiful pictures. This longer picture book is great for kids who love seafaring stories, cats or adorable and kindhearted sea captains!
On the very first page, we are introduced to Captain Cat, whose ship, the Carlotta, has more cats on it than crew. You see, Captain Cat can’t resist trading his goods for cats. His favourite thing in the world is sitting comfortably with cats, sipping tea and reading. This happens to be one of my favourite things to do, too, so I felt like I had found a kindred spirit in that rosy-cheeked captain!
All the other sea captains make fun of Captain Cat for his bad business sense and his desire to explore new and uncharted places. So when Captain Cat sails off in a direction that leads into the unknown, they shake their heads at him. Captain Cat sails away, and after many days, he comes upon an island that isn’t on any of his maps.
The queen of the island welcomes the visitor and is utterly charmed when she meets all of his cats; she has never seen a cat before because there are no cats on her island! Everyone on the Captain’s ship is invited for lunch, including his feline friends, and that is where Captain Cat learns something about the island – it is overrun with rats!
I won’t spoil the rest of the story, but it unfolds wonderfully, with the Queen, the Captain and the cats all enjoying a delightful happy ending, with a few unexpected twists along the way. This picture book reads like an instant classic, in large part because of the rich illustrations on each page. The details are quite stunning – if you want to be convinced, take a look at any of the cats! They have different noses, expressions and patterns… it’s quite impressive! This picture book was a welcome change of pace from some of the sillier stories that I have loved and blogged about, so I had to share it. It is a longer story, but it is definitely worth the time!