Review: The Little War Cat

Book Title: The Little War Cat (available here)

Author: Hiba Noor Khan

Illustrator: Laura Chamberlain

Publisher: Macmillan

Publication Date: September 2020

Reviewer: Tami Wylie

A beautifully written and illustrated story of a little grey cat that is living through the atrocities taking place in Aleppo. One day, the little grey cat is living happily in the beautiful city of Aleppo, enjoying life. Suddenly the world begins to change; the skies go dark, people disappear, shops are closed and the city gets very noisy. The little grey cat doesn’t know what to do. There is no food or company. It wanders the city in confusion. One day it encounters a man who befriends it, along with lots of other cats who have lost their homes. Over time, the little cat begins to thrive again. It finds a scared little boy hiding, and because it understands how the boy feels, it makes the little boy feel better.

I really loved the way this story was told from the point of view of the cat. It’s told in a very sensitive way that children will be able to understand. In a world where such terrible atrocities are happening all the time, this book is written in a way that can help open people’s eyes to what is going on. The illustrations are gorgeous and lend more in depth meaning to the story.


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