In the tradition of The Cricket in Times Square comes this charming tale of courage, friendship, and what it really means to be human. This classic, which originated in Holland and has withstood the test of time worldwide, will appeal to readers young and old—and dog and cat lovers alike!
An act of kindness brings shy reporter Mr. Tibble into contact with the unusual Miss Minou.
Tibble is close to losing his job because he only writes stories about cats. Fortunately, Minou provides him with real news.
She gets the juicy inside information from her local feline friends, who are the eyes and ears of the neighborhood.
Tibble is appreciative, but he wonders how she does it. He has noticed that Minou is terrified of dogs and can climb trees and rooftops with elegance and ease. . . . It's almost as if she's a cat herself.
But how can that be?
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published: January 19th 2016 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 1970).
Four stars: A timeless Dutch Classic that will appeal to readers of all ages.
Mr Tibble is not surprised when his editor calls him into his office. Tibble is shy, and thus he tends to write all his articles about cats. His editor insists that he write something newsworthy or risk losing his job. On the way home, Tibble encounters a woman, fleeing from a dog. She runs right up into a tree, and requires assistance to get down. Later while trying to write an article that will save his job, Tibble hears something strange on his roof. When he opens he window, he is shocked to find the same woman, soaked and cold. He invites her in. Miss Minou is certainly strange, she has some very catlike behaviors, but she ends up providing some information that saves Tibble's career. What follows is an unlikely friendship, one that defies logic. What will Tibble learn from the strange Miss Minou?
What I Liked:
- The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof was a surprisingly fun little read that stands the test of time. I loved that this little book provided a fun, imaginative story that will appeal to readers both young and old, and I especially liked that it didn't seem dated. This book is fresh and fun, and I would have never guessed that it is over forty years old. If you are looking for a cute book for your younger reader, or even yourself, this is a fun one to try.
- This book features an unexpected friendship that forms between shy Mr Tibble and the eccentric Miss Minou. I loved watching them grow and learn from one another, and help each other along the way. It was sweet, warm and lovely.
- This is a book that is perfect for younger readers as it features a woman who was once a cat turned human. There is little detail on the how and why Miss Minou became human. There is a small explanation, perfect for those who are willing to let their imagination run wild. I liked that it doesn't get bogged down by trying to scientifically or logically explain how a cat turns human, it just is, so go with it.
- I liked all things related to cats. Miss Minou being a former cat, engages in some funny cat like behavior such as trying to chase birds and mice, sleeping in a box and prowling around on the roof. I loved how she communicated with all the cats around town, and how they worked together to help Tibble and rat out an unsavory character in their town.
- I loved meeting all the different cats in the book and learning what they observed from their human environments. The Tatter Cat and the School Cat were two of my favorites. All the interesting and funny cats will appeal to animal lovers and younger children.
- The story is simple and rather straight forward, but it touches your heart with a fun friendship, kindness and how cats and even people can come together for a greater good. This was light, easy and perfect for those who like an imaginative and fun story.
And The Not So Much:
- The romance lover in me was hoping for a romantic development, but unfortunately, there is no romance, which makes it perfect for younger readers.
- Even though I liked the simplicity of Miss Minou turning from cat to human, I found part of me wanted more depth and detail.
- The book ends on a nice note, but I was longing for a bit more resolution. I would have loved to see how Minou, Tibble, the Tatter Cat and all the kittens fared a bit further down the road.
The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof is a fun, delightful tale that will appeal to readers with a vivid imagination and soft spot for cats. This is a tried and true Dutch classic that stands up to the test of time. I loved the unique friendships and the heart warming story. Grab this for younger readers, or for anyone that appreciates a cute, sweet tale.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.