The Traveling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Virginia Price

Mr. Buttons reads The Traveling Cat Chronicles

Meet Mr. Buttons! He’s Virginia Price’s adopted kitty. Virginia is one of our favorite Penguin Random House reps.  She became a cat person after reading THE TRAVELING CAT CHRONICLES and sent me this amazing photo of her cat with the book!

So, what’s the book about? “With simple yet descriptive prose, the novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru’s longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe…”

The story begins when a homeless cat gets hit by a car and ends up with a broken leg.  Satoru discovers him on the top of his silver van one morning and quickly takes him under his wing. They live in Japan and since the cat’s tail is crooked Satoru names him Nana for the Japanese word for seven. Also it’s supposed to be good luck. Looks like poor Nana can use all the good luck he can find.

After five years living together Satoru tells Nana that they are about to go on a journey. He is no longer going to be able to care for the cat. WHAT!!! Oh no. No explanation is given at this time and you will have to follow the story and see what happens.

This simple yet deeply emotional novel is so much more than just a feline roadtrip across Japan. But you will enjoy the sense of place as well as the amazing story.

For those of us who are ardent cat lovers, this is pure joy! Perfect gift for the holidays. Quick read and very wise.

Thanks Penguin Random House! And thanks Virginia for allowing me to use your fabulous picture~

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