in

‘The Christmas Cat’ Book Review

'The Christmas Cat' Book Review

On Christmas Eve, a gray cat wanders piteously through the wintry forest as two little boys decorate cookies and light the crèche. The cat thinks of his former home, warm and cozy, while the boys wonder about the animals out in the freezing darkness. Then, while everyone sleeps, a man on a low sled arrives in a clearing in the woods, bringing food and treats for the forest animals. The cat finds himself drawn to the man, who wonders what a cat is doing out amongst the wild animals. In the end, the gray cat finds himself a new home, much to the delight of the two little boys.

Recommended for young readers between the ages of 4 and 8 years old, The Christmas Cat by Efner Tudor Holmes with illustrations by Tasha Tudor is a delightful Christmas story. Although written for a slightly older audience, my toddler daughter still enjoyed hearing me read the story aloud to her. She especially liked that one of the main characters was a cat.

The language is The Christmas Cat is definitely aimed at an older audience. I particularly enjoyed the mixture of simple and more complex sentences. The combination exposes early readers to a wide variety of the English language. Additionally, although containing a lot of familiar vocabulary, the book also introduces quite a few new words within a context that makes figuring out the meanings fairly easy. However, the story is still easy to follow for younger readers.

In addition to the story, I also really enjoy the illustrations in The Christmas Cat. The pictures are whimsical and slightly nostalgic, both of which give me a Christmas feeling. My daughter especially liked looking for the cat throughout the pages.

Cover of The Christmas Cat Inside Pages of The Christmas Cat

Final Verdict: If your child is fond of cats, I highly recommend The Christmas Cat by Efner Tudor Holmes with illustrations by Tasha Tudor this holiday season. The story of a little gray cat wandering in the cold woods ends with a touch of Christmas magic. Although written for readers between the ages of 4 and 8, younger children can also enjoy the sweet story. My favorite part of the book, however, is the whimsical illustrations that feel like Christmas. My toddler daughter and I give The Christmas Cat four enthusiastic thumbs up.

Purchase The Christmas Cat on Amazon via my affiliate link.

Image Credits

‘The Christmas Cat’ Book Review © 2014 Heather Johnson
Cover of The Christmas Cat © 2014 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of The Christmas Cat © 2014 Heather Johnson

Level 2 Post

The Elf and the Lighted Wreath

The Elf and the Lighted Wreath: The Elf on the Shelf Day 2

The Elf and the Fridge

The Elf and the Fridge: The Elf on the Shelf Day 3