Review: Ghost Cat by Kevan Atteberry

Ghost Cat by Kevan Atteberry

Ghost Cat by Kevan Atteberry (9780823442836)

A little boy thinks that he sees a ghost cat out of the corner of his eye. It reminds him of the cat he used to have but the boy can never get a good look at this ghost cat. The ghost cat seems to sleep on his bed at night, curled up and purring. It plays with cat toys on the stairs. It meows outside of the boy’s door and knocks things off of shelves. But the boy is always too late to see anything more than a blur moving quickly. Then one day, the boy really sees the ghost cat clearly. He chases after it and the cat leads him to something new and very special right outside.

Atteberry tells a wonderfully gentle story here about the loss of a pet and the gap that it leaves. It is also a great ghost story with no scariness at all, just a playful cat ghost doing cat-like things all over the house. The tone is delightfully breathless and wondering, just right for a ghost story. The dashing nature of the bulk of the book slows at the end to allow readers to bask in the new discovery.

The illustrations, done digitally, are filled with warm tones that allow the ghostly form of the cat to really pop. Readers will enjoy seeing the cat fleetingly on the page, moving just away from the boy and the reader.

Comforting and understanding, this book takes ghosts and grief and turns them into something very special. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from copy provided by Neal Porter Books.

2019 CBCA Book Awards

The Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced their 2019 winners and honor books for the CBCA Book of Year Awards. Here they are:

THE BOOK OF THE YEAR: OLDER READERS

Between Us

Between Us by Clare Atkins

HONOURS

Lenny's Book of Everything Small Spaces

Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee

Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein

 

THE BOOK OF THE YEAR: YOUNGER READERS

His Name Was Walter

His Name Was Walter by Emily Rodda

HONOURS

Black Cockatoo The Peacock Detectives

Black Cockatoo by Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler

The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent

 

THE BOOK OF THE YEAR: EARLY CHILDHOOD

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Tricky’s Bad Day by Alison Lester

HONOURS

42389699. sx318 Here Comes Stinkbug!

Heads and Tails: Insects by John Canty

Here Comes Stinkbug! by Tohby Riddle

 

THE PICTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR

Cicada

Cicada by Shaun Tan

HONOURS

39997158. sx318 The Mediterranean

The All New Must Have Orange 430 by Michael Speechley

The Mediterranean by Armin Greder

 

THE EVE POWNALL AWARD

Sorry Day

Sorry Day by Coral Vass, illustrated by Dub Leffler

HONOURS

The Happiness Box Make Believe: M.C. Escher for Kids

The Happiness Box: A Wartime Book of Hope by Mark Greenwood, illustrated by Andrew McLean

Make Believe: M. C. Escher for Kids by Kate Ryan, illustrated by Cally Bennett

 

CBCA AWARD FOR NEW ILLUSTRATORS

Grandma Z

Grandma Z by Daniel Gray-Barnett