Sunday, 18 October 2015

Book Review - Oliver The Cat Who Saved Christmas by Sheila Norton

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Title: Oliver The Cat Who Saved Christmas
Author: Sheila Norton
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Ebury Press
Publication Date: 22nd October 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

A friend who brings light at the darkest of times...

Oliver the cat is a timid little thing, and rarely ventures from his home in the Foresters’ Arms. 

Then his life changes dramatically when a fire breaks out in the pub kitchen and he is left homeless and afraid. But, with the kindness of the humans around him, he soon learns to trust again. And, in his own special way, he helps to heal those around him.

However, it isn’t until he meets a little girl in desperate need of a friend that he realises this village needs a Christmas miracle...

I challenge you to read this book and not end up smiling for large parts of it. This is one of those incredibly sweet books, written from Oliver the cat's perspective, and it is clear he is full of love for his various humans, and tries his best to be helpful.

You see, as Oliver explains early on, all cats are born bilingual, so they can understand both cat and human, and he thinks its a shame that humans can't seem to learn cat. So Oliver is able to do all sorts of good deads for people in his little town, and noone quite believes it wasn't a coincidence that he was around every single time. 

Early on in the story, you realise that Oliver is telling his story of last Christmas, to a little kitten, its clear the little kitten is enjoying listening, when he stops playing with his tail and other such cattish behaviours!

From Oliver's point of view, you learn about the lives of people living in the town, mainly from him listening to them talk. He does also have cat friends, and I loved the interactions of Tabby and Suki. 

Oliver hasn't had an easy life, and he will slowly tell you himself, the reasons he finds it hard to trust male adult humans. I loved though how he referred to children, as human kittens, and that hands are paws! There is something so charming about seeing life from the eyes of a cat. 

I don't want to give too much away, but suffice to say Oliver is a truly special cat, and there is a decent helping of Christmas spirit, and the kindness of strangers, as well as a great community banding together feeling, from this story. 

I really enjoyed reading Oliver the Cat who Saved Christmas, and would recommend it to all animal or Christmas lovers. 

Thanks so much to Ebury and Netgalley for this review copy. This was my honest opinion. 

1 comment:

  1. I just finished it and loved it!


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