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Oscar the Guardian Cat

Oscar is no ordinary cat, lying around yawning. He lives at Hope House; there are seventy-three bedrooms and a large park so all day long he can be busy, helping out the grandpas and grandmas who live there as well as the doctors and the nurses.

But there can be a time when Oscar must stay and watch. For he is not just a cat, he is
a ‘Guardian Cat’ and he knows when he is needed, when it is time to stay.

Based on a true story of a cat who watches over his friends, this is a beautifully illustrated and thought-provoking picture book for children and parents to talk together about our last journey.

Suitable for children 5 Years Plus

Author/Illustrator Chiara Valentina Segré, Paolo Domeniconi

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Oscar the Guardian Cat Reviews

Product Tested By Claire Sweter-Millar – Natalie 8 Years

Claire Awarded The Oscar The Guardian Cat 4.5/5

I noticed the lovely illustration on the books cover. Also how sturdy the book was. The front cover drew my daughter to the book and she could not wait to read it. This book was entertaining and it took us two read throughs until she realized what the book was about. The illustrations definitely bought story to life as they are beautiful illustrations and help with the understanding of the story. Eventually it dawned on my daughters what the story was about. It’s quite difficult to explain passing to children but the book did it well. I think the subject matter is the real impact. It’s done in such a sensitive gentle way. The illustrations were beautiful and bought the story to life and helped with the explanation of the story. It’s turned into one of my daughters favourite books. She likes to read it to her younger sister at bedtime. I liked how it explained a difficult subject matter in a way a child would understand. My daughter likes Cats so she was sold before reading it. She liked how Oscar kept people company. This book was ideal in age suitability for my daughter and she understood what the book was about. Good value as a very sturdy book will last a long time. A well bounded book has been read lots of times and no rips or damage. If I wasn’t sent this to review I would quite happily buy the book. I would recommend as a gentle way of dealing with the subject matter for children. A lovely book explaining a difficult subject matter. Good quality, Well illustrated, Great lead character Gentle paced story. Claire Sweter-Millar – Natalie 8 Years

Product Tested By Nioki Doggett – Maurice 7 Years

Nioki Awarded The Oscar The Guardian Cat 4.5/5

Beautiful front cover, loved the fact it was full sized and hard back. The front cover made him intrigues. He loved the cat as the main character and the illustrations. The illustrations certainly bought story to life. Excellent illustrations, very detailed and beautiful. My son did relate to Oscar and it was a lovely gentle way to introduce death, a topic which is hard to discuss with children however this book did a wonderful job. The fact this is based on a true story made it more relatable. Some of the best illustrations I have seen in a children’s book. High quality. We read it twice, once each. I liked the gentle story and the beautiful illustrations. My son loved the illustrations. It stats this is suitable 5 years plus, although the concept of death may be more appropriate for 7+. Perhaps £7.99 would be more appropriate however I understand the higher price due to the quality. This is a beautiful book, great quality and hard back was a nice feature. I would buy this book to introduce the concept of getting older and death to a younger child. I would recommend to introduce the concept of death, old people’s homes to a child. Beautifully illustrated, lovely print and overall excellent design quality. Gentle beautiful story, easy concept for a child to understand and presented in a beautifully designed book. Nioki Doggett – Maurice 7 Years

Product Tested By Kelda McMichael – Romy 6 Years

Kelda Awarded The Oscar The Guardian Cat 3.5/5

It’s a nice hard cover and a nice size. The fuzzy/ watercolour style illustrations in the book were not to my taste for a child. I think of that as being for a more older reader. Like me, she is used to a different style of art on a front cover for children’s books, and this perhaps came across therefore as old fashioned to her. My daughter did find story entertaining. She thought it was nice that the cat stayed with the people who were ill and cared for them and she related it back to our own cat. The illustrations did bring the story to life. My daughter did relate to Oscar helping and guarding his friends. I do not think this being a true story really had any extra impact on my daughter. The illustrations were clearly done by someone with real talent but the style was not to our taste. We read it once. She was a little put off by the mewt character and didn’t choose it again. However, we have been reading less (due to being back at school and activities) together so this will have had an impact. I liked the fact it is a story about how animals can be a real friend and make your life better and how they are tuned into how you feel. And that even animals can be kind. My daughter liked the kind cat. I know this book is suitable 5 years plus but I personally feel more suited to 6 years plus. It’s a hard back large book with good quality, but personally, I wouldn’t have paid £11.99. The physical book itself is very good quality. Personally I would not buy this book. Maybe I would recommend if there was someone who was elderly / infirm/ with a terminal illness this might be quite comforting but it would need to be a very specific situation. Wasn’t directly to our taste but I did like the overall message of being kind and that animals are a comfort. For me, in terms of death, we have found the book ‘Heaven’ by Nicholas Allan to be more appropriate. The idea of the cat staying with people in their final moments was lovely and a comforting thought. My daughter commented on how the cat was kind and how cats are so cute. But my daughter found the idea of mewt a little off putting. If you know your child you will know if this is an appropriate book for them. Kelda McMichael – Romy 6 Years

This book was ideal in age suitability for my daughter and she understood what the book was about. Good value as a very sturdy book will last a long time. A well bounded book has been read lots of times and no rips or damage. If I wasn’t sent this to review I would quite happily buy the book. I would recommend as a gentle way of dealing with the subject matter for children. A lovely book explaining a difficult subject matter. Good quality, Well illustrated, Great lead character Gentle paced story.

Awards

Claire Awarded The Oscar The Guardian Cat 4.5/5

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