November 9 2021
The Cat Who Saved Books, by Sosuke Natsukawa
Title: The cat who saved books
Author: Sosuke Natsukawa
Genre/ issues: Fantasy.
“I think the power of books is that – that they teach us to care about others. It’s a power that gives people courage and also supports them in turn.”
When you have a ginger cat, and a book cover like this, you’re obligated to take a photo of them together, right? If only Sweeney was more cooperative!
The Cat Who Saved Books by Sosuke Natsukawa is a lovely quick read about finding courage, friendship, and the power of books. Rintaro lived with his grandfather, and spent his free time in the tiny second-hand book store his grandfather ran. But when his grandfather dies, Rintaro is alone, and may have to close Natsuki Books.
But then, a cat appears. A talking tabby named Tiger needs the help of a booklover, to help rescue books from people who have imprisoned, mistreated and betrayed them. Rintaro discovers much about himself and the books around him after these magical journeys, and then finally has to face one more rescue alone.
A beautiful allegory for book lovers, especially those who hold a special place in their hearts for second hand books, and for rereading old favourites.