Book Review: Lost Cat

Lost Cat by Caroline PaulCaroline Paul was recovering from a bad accident and thought things couldn’t get worse. But then her beloved cat Tibia disappeared. She and her partner, illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, mourned his loss. Yet weeks later, Tibia waltzed back into their lives. His owners were overjoyed. But they were also…jealous? Betrayed? Where had their sweet anxious cat disappeared to? Had he become a swashbuckling cat adventurer? Did he love someone else more? His owners were determined to find out. Using GPS technology, cat cameras, psychics, the web, and animal communicators, the authors of Lost Cat embarked on a quest to discover what their cat did when they weren’t around. Told through writer Caroline Paul’s rich and warmly poignant narrative and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton’s stunning and hilarious 4-color illustrations.

Title : Lost Cat  : a True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology
Author : Caroline Paul ; illustrated by Wendy McNaughton
ISBN : 9781608199778
Copyright : 2013
Pages : 159

1_5 Stars

Normally, I would not refer to the author in a book review. I feel that books generally should only be judged on their own merits and that calling out an author in a review is a subversion of a review. However, this book is autobiographical. Therefore, the subject is the author and my review will refer to the author in the strength and weaknesses categories. This is only a reflection of my opinion of how the author presented herself in the book, and not of the author herself.


  • Topic appealed to me.
  • Descriptions were engaging.
  • Illustrations were endearing. Good mix of pictures interspersed with text. I liked how one chapter was simply a picture. It conveyed the feeling of waiting to the reader without wasting words.
  • I liked the different use of technology in the story to track down her cat.


  • There seemed to be more book than story.
  • Story felt directionless and meandered in the middle.
  • The title is misleading. The cat is no longer lost when she uses the technology.
  • There are two cats in this story, and the cats’ names and descriptions were too similar. I found myself becoming confused over descriptions and action that featured both of them.
  • The author seemed to willfully ignore logic at times and acted much younger than her age (i.e. fear of speaking with neighbors). This would have been acceptable (because who among us acts their age all the time?) but it felt drawn out to give the story something to chew on.
  • The author seemed to embody Crazy Cat Lady stereotypes and revel in it. There was no examination of the stereotype or the pros and cons of this choice.

I would not recommend this book.

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