Oliver the cat is a timid little thing, and rarely ventures from his home in the Foresters’ Arms.
Then his life changes dramatically when a fire breaks out in the pub kitchen and he is left homeless and afraid. But, with the kindness of the humans around him, he soon learns to trust again. And, in his own special way, he helps to heal those around him.
However, it isn’t until he meets a little girl in desperate need of a friend that he realises this village needs a Christmas miracle…
If you couldn’t tell from the cover, this is a book about a cat and about Christmas and is the book equivalent of a Hallmark movie. Which means that most of the year I would be rolling my eyes a little at the perfectly tidy ending but it’s Christmas and that means it was great.
At first I thought this might be a kids book because it was so tame, and it would be a great kids book except for one story line that appears halfway through when one of Oliver’s cat friends gets pregnant and there’s a lot talk about mating and urges and getting neutered and it was a little weird. Like I am all for promoting neutering your pet DO IT PEOPLE but also it was weird for a cat to be thinking actively about being a neutered animal and how he didn’t mind that he didn’t have urges the way his friend cat did.
Otherwise, I really liked it. It was simplistic and had a very tidy ending, but that worked for the story. Oliver was a great narrator and his oft repeated “all cats can understand human, but it’s a shame humans haven’t bothered to learn cat” was amusing (and true my cats can totally understand me when I talk to them it’s a shame I don’t speak cat). The other characters were also likeable and I wanted their problems to be solved. Luckily, Oliver is the cat up for the job of fixing problems. The setting was a little village in England was super cozy and perfect for this sweet story.
Good for fans of: Cats, Christmas, both of those things at the same time
Not good for fans of: those terrible people who like to mock things that make people happy because they aren’t “deep”, the Grinch pre-having his heart grow three sizes
Stay magical readers!