The Cat Man of Aleppo
Illustrator: Yuko Shimizu
Aleppo’s city center no longer echoes with the rich, exciting sounds of copper-pot pounding and traditional sword sharpening. His neighborhood is empty—except for the many cats left behind.
Alaa loves Aleppo, but when war comes his neighbors flee to safety, leaving their many pets behind. Alaa decides to stay—he can make a difference by driving an ambulance, carrying the sick and wounded to safety. One day he hears hungry cats calling out to him on his way home. They are lonely and scared, just like him. He feeds and pets them to let them know they are loved. The next day more cats come, and then even more! There are too many for Alaa to take care of on his own. Alaa has a big heart, but he will need help from others if he wants to keep all of his new friends safe.
“A Note from Alaa.” Authors’ notes. Illustrator’s note. Art references. Full-color illustrations drawn with black ink, then scanned in and colored with Adobe Photoshop.
JLG Release: Aug 2020
Awards & Honors
2021 Randolph Caldecott Medal Honor Book
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Kirkus Reviews*, Booklist*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, The Horn Book Magazine
School Library Journal
10 2/3" x 9"
Level 3.6; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
G.P. Putnam's Sons