Catalina, written and illustrated by Lori Doody

written and illustrated by Lori Doody
Running the Goat Books & Broadsides, 2021
978-1-92791-741-1 (pb) $11.95
for Preschool to Grade 1

Fiction | Cats | New Siblings | Change

Catalina has the perfect life until she has to share her home with three Labrador Retriever puppies. While before their arrival she could feel a little sad and alone, now she is never alone and has to share all of her things. Eventually Catalina realizes that her new family isn’t so bad and that she’ll never have to be lonely again.

Catalina is a delightful story, perfect for young children adapting to change, or anyone who just likes cats. The bright and vibrant illustrations have a retro and unique style that jumps off the page. The text also uses Newfoundland place names and expressions that add to the story’s charm and even teaches the reader a bit about Newfoundland and Labrador. I loved this sweet and fun story about adapting to life’s changes and making new and unlikely friends.

Emma Hunter is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. She has a cat named Penny Lane who, lucky for her, doesn’t have to share her toys or bed.

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