By Ursula Murray Husted. Published by Harper Collins.
Softcover, 192 pages, Colour, 2020.
A vibrant, heartwarming graphic novel about two irresistible cat friends on a journey to find their forever home—a journey inspired by the magic of art and storytelling.
Cilla and Betto are two friends who need a place to call home. The docks in Valletta are too wet, and the scraps of food too scarce. The city’s streets are too busy, and the humans too unreliable.
But what about the quiet garden from old kitten tales—a place where all cats are welcome, and the humans are always kind? Could the stories really be true?
As Cilla and Betto embark on a grand adventure to find out, they begin to spin a tale of their own—one that will take them through the art and stories of many journeyers who came before, and that will bring them to a surprising destination.
“Works equally well as simple animal tale, metaphysical journey, or reimagining of classic artworks.”
"A book that can be read on many levels and enjoyed by a wide range of readers, this is a beautiful reminder that there’s a seed of truth in every story."
“Husted’s debut captures picturesque Mediterranean landscapes, and thin line art highlights the scrawny strength and fragility of the feline strays. Full of fun and whimsy, the story also reminds a heartfelt truth: “scraps aren’t so bad when you have a friend to share them with.”
“Such a gorgeous tale of friendship and an exploration of the power of story that feels both intimate and larger than life at the same time. The artwork is incredible, and I had to linger over every page to catch all the references and subtle grace notes. I’m never going to look at cats the same way again.”
- -Charlie Jane Anders, award-winning author of
"Ursula Murray Husted’s A CAT STORY is pure enchantment; it will pad silently toward your heart—and pounce!"
- -Scott McCloud
“Gorgeously wrought and tenderly rendered, this feels like a labor of love that will snuggle itself deep into the hearts and minds of kids everywhere. Regardless of whether or not you even like cats, you will find much to admire and love (not necessarily in that order) in this gutsy little book.”
- -Elizabeth Bird, Fuse 8, an
“Husted delivers a thought-provoking exploration of the power of storytelling wrapped up in a charming cat package. Sure to spur discussion on how we envision and interpret stories.”
- -School Library Journal