Published in Reading Time February 2012
Nicholas was worried about his cat staying on the roof all night and didn’t understand how she could be ‘so little yet so fearless’. When he woke in the middle of a storm he ‘didn’t stop to worry about the dark night things’. He ran outside and climbed to the roof to save his cat. He fell asleep thinking that she is a brave cat because she was unafraid, without realising that he was the brave one, who didn’t let fear stop him from saving the cat he loved.
This is a beautiful story about bravery for all cat lovers. I love the descriptions of the scary things, particularly the ladder, with its ‘legs shivering in the wind’. The paintings suit the mood of the story perfectly, with evening blues and soft yellow glows, and bring out the emotions of worry, fear, love, relief and bravery. Suits 4-8 yrs.