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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  325 ratings  ·  78 reviews
There is a ghost in my house. I've only seen it out of the corner of my eye, but I think it is a cat , says a little boy in this comforting tale of love and loss.

There's something oddly familiar about this ghost cat--it does lots of things that remind the boy of the cat he used to have. The boy's not sure why the ghost cat never stays for more than a few mome
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Neal Porter Books
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Hannah Greendale
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Ghost Cat is a tearful yet tender introduction to loss and new beginnings.

A young boy is certain there's a ghost in his house. He thinks it's a cat because he used to have one. *pause to wipe away a few tears*. So he follows it through the house, trying to catch a glimpse of the "quick, dark blur" that ultimately leads him to something small and warm and lovely on his doorstep. *pause to blow nose*

Every cat-lover will relate to this book. Every person who's known and loved a domesticated pet wi
Truth be told I have not really found Kevan Atteberry's artwork for his 2019 picture book Ghost Cat all that much to my personal aesthetic tastes. For while how Atteberry has drawn and visually rendered inanimate objects such as pianos, beds, armchairs and the like appears as mostly successful to and for my eyes, both the little boy main narrator and the ghost cat he seems to constantly see, they just do not look all that visually realistic and with in particular the little boy's head appearing ...more
Paul  Hankins
When my Indiana-based poet friend, Rebecca Kai Dotlich shared a news story associated with Kevan Atteberry's GHOST CAT ("The Surprising Inspiration Behind Bellevue Artist's New Children's Book"), I did not expect to be surprised thinking it was surely a cat that might have come into the author/illustrator's life that left an indelible mark inspiring a book.

This is not what the news story revealed. The news story chronicles the Atteberry's wife's journey through memory loss. And this took me int
Edward Sullivan
A comforting, poignant story about the loss of a beloved pet and the importance of moving on without forgetting what came before.
Feb 20, 2019 added it
Perfect and sweet for ANYONE who has had a pet!
Maria Marshall
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-picture
With such economy of words and pictures, Kevan portrays the heartbreaking loss of one's pet in a way that children (and adults) can relate to and empathize with; sharing the boys unspoken loneliness and grief. I really love the way the ghost cat is depicted as a blue cat with glowing yellow eyes surrounded by a white swooshing aura. However, the ghost cat is not spooky or scary. Just a typical mischievous feline, knocking things about and terrorizing a fish.
This book is touching, reaffirming, an
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is no easy way to process the loss of a loved one. Kevan has expressed this in the way he does best, through skilled illustrations and a simple but expressive story line. By distilling this story to it's essence, a child can relate to it but it also provides the filter for more complex understanding. Anyone who has experienced loss can easily find meaning. This is a must read. ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Love the rich illustrations and the way the ghost is portrayed, but not sure if its about grief for a lost pet or really engaging the supernatural
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a high bar for both sentimental books and pet books, and this book sailed over both. Spare, poetic, perfect.
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A little boy thinks that he sees a ghost cat out of the corner of his eye. It reminds him of the cat he used to have but the boy can never get a good look at this ghost cat. The ghost cat seems to sleep on his bed at night, curled up and purring. It plays with cat toys on the stairs. It meows outside of the boy’s door and knocks things off of shelves. But the boy is always too late to see anything more than a blur moving quickly. Then one day, the boy really sees the ghost cat clearly. He chases ...more
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A little boy experiences the presence of a ghost cat.

"There is a ghost in my house. I've only seen it out of the corner of my eye, but I think it's a cat. I know because I used to have one."

A little boy keeps catching glimpses of a cat and hearing sounds of a cat playing and mischiefing. Finally, he sees it, and when he follows it out into the backyard, he finds a stray kitten. The story ends with both the kitten and the ghost cat curled up asleep with the boy.

"There is a ghost in our house."

Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"There is a ghost in my house.

I've only seen it out of
the corner of my eye,
but I think it's a cat.

I know because I used to have one."

With these deceptively simple lines, Kevan Atteberry begins a beautiful poem about what comes after loss, if you keep your eyes and heart open. Kids will love the will-o'-the-wisp ghost cat (which was for me reminiscent of Pangur Bán the cat in The Secret of Kells.) Is the ghost cat really there, or is it a child's imagination combined with the memory of the cat no
Shaye Miller
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even by itself, this is a sweet book that can be understood as a child dealing with the loss of a beloved pet. But it broke my heart to read the true inspiration behind this story. Kevan Atteberry's wife began experiencing young onset Alzheimer's disease in her early 50s. It got so bad, she eventually had to be moved into a home for special care before she passed away. As Atteberry began writing this book, he realized the cat was actually a metaphor for his missing wife. In his words (from the v ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A cute story about a boy who sees a ghost cat. The ghost ends up leading the boy to a kitten at his front door.
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A super cute book dealing with death and new beginnings. I would definitely give this to a child who just experienced death of a pet and needs a bit of help moving on. Tugged at my heart strings.
Sharon Lawler
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
5 stars for theme of remembrance for children.
Teresa Bateman
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A young boy ponders the half-seen glimpses and other evidence of a ghost cat living in his house. His cat passed on, and from illustrations it is clear the cat was much loved. Now the ghost cat s flitting through the house and finally leads the boy to the door. Opening it, he finds a kitten. With both the kitten and the ghost cat he is content. Though the beginning is a little spooky the end is warm and reassuring. The simple text meets the needs of beginning readers, and the bold illustrations ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very cute - the ending was a surprise and I cried
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: halloween
There is a ghost in my house. I've only seen it out of the corner of my eye, but I think it is a cat.

I know because I used to have one...

1. This book was another favorite read of 2019 for its simple, but powerful message. The loss of a pet can be awful and this book is such a source of comfort and is just so bittersweet.

2. Great for helping children understand and maybe even overcome the loss of a beloved cat.

3. The illustrations are so nice, and the ghost cat is just purr-fect. My son really lo
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
From inside front cover: "...a quietly haunting yet ultimately joyful story about loss and learning to move on."

The protagonist of this gentle picture book often catches a glimpse of a ghost cat who very much resembles the cat he recently lost. The ghost always disappears before he can get a good look at it - until the day he hears it mewing at his bedroom door. He dashes downstairs hoping to see it and sees just the hind legs and tail as the ghost cat leaps through the door. When he throws ope
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was expecting a Halloween book, but ended up reading a sweet story about moving on after the loss of a pet. Highly recommended for cat lovers or those who want not-too-scary ghost stories. Ages 4-7.
As is the case for just about everyone, loss can be hard to deal with. A young boy clearly misses the cat he once loved, and he becomes convinced that there's a ghost cat haunting his house. He isn't really afraid of it because it reminds him of his old cat. Then, one day, he is able to follow the sounds it makes when it moves through the house, knocking over a bowl of fruit and trying to catch a fish in the aquarium. Just as he's close to catching it, the cat ghost darts through the closed door ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Simple, effective and moving story about loss and love. A young boy is convinced his house has a ghost, the ghost of a cat. Which would make sense, since the boy used to have a cat - subtlety alluded to in a series of framed photos that appear throughout the house. The ghost also acts quite cat-like, hiding around corners, knocking things over and menacing the fish (was it my imagination the fish looked slightly traumatized?) Eventually the cat leads the boy to the door outside, where the young ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A little boy is adjusting to the loss of his cat, and hears and sees evidence of its ghost in his house. Not as tear-jerking as some of the picture books on life/death have been, but still very sweet and tender. A wonderful way to teach little ones about moving forward with life and not forgetting who you've lost (without straight-up ugly crying). Another one to recommend along with Big Cat, Little Cat, Always Remember, and Ida, Always. ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I got to the ending of this book and I said to myself, "I wrote this exact same book four years ago." Only it was in verse and had a 3-legged dog trying to get his owner to choose his replacement... So, not the exact same thing, but I can't illustrate worth beans. More power to Kevan, he beat me to it. Great story. Great minds think alike. Nice to see that yes indeed, I DID have a good idea, worth publishing. Just didn't take it far enough! Two thumbs up. ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations are in blue hues and are very soft. They truly are beautiful. The story is also beautiful. A boy, who has recently lost his cat, keeps seeing the ghost of his former pet. Although I usually don't like children's books about ghosts, I couldn't help but love this one. It's not scary, and it's not sad. But it is very tender. ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful and lyrical book that exactly gets to the feeling of loss and the possibility of moving on. Perfect for kids who have lost a pet or for anybody, really. Lovely, evocative illustrations help to make this compassion-building story a pleasure.
Ann Santori
This is possibly the best grief/loss picture book I've come across. It isn't saccharine or preachy or anything of the sort . . . it is just a beautiful musing on the connections we have with those we have lost. ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
What a sweet and charming look at how I would love to believe my pets over the rainbow bridge behave and lead me through life.
I believe all pet lovers will enjoy and appreciate this book about loss and new beginnings.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is hauntingly beautiful. As someone who has felt the presence of a beloved cat even after her passing, it hit me directly in the heartstrings. A bittersweet but still lovely story.
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