The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa
Saturo is a kind man who fed the local stray that tended to linger by his van. When the cat arrives at his van injured one day a lifelong friendship begins. The male cat is named Nana, the Japanese word for eight because of the markings on his head. Nana thinks it’s a horrible name for a male cat but deals with it because he’s fond of his human. When Saturo discovers he needs to move and won’t be able to take Nana with him he takes his beloved feline on a roadtrip to meet all of this childhood best friends to try to find a suitable home for Nana. This book is the story of their journey together.
Yes, the cat tells a good portion of the story. But no, it’s not silly. Nana has a bit of an attitude and frankly he sounds like I think a stray now living the good life would sound. He knows he’s got it good yet he still will complain if he feels the need. This is a heartwarming story and a slightly attentive reader will know where the story is going soon after starting. If you are like me even knowing where it’s going you will continue turning the page to get to know what made Saturo the kind man he is and to get Nana’s perspective on the road trip. Unfortunately if you are also like me you will be ugly crying at the end. I couldn’t help it. It’s rare a book does that to me but this one got me hard.
This is for those looking for a book to make them feel the warm and fuzzies and possibly even get a good happy cry in there as well. If you have pets you will squish them a little tighter but rest assured the cat lives.