Temple Cat by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Kate Kiesler

I really enjoyed this picture book about an Ancient Egyptian cat who lives in a temple as the living avatar of a god. The cat is surrounded by luxury, but feels discontented and trapped. Finally, the cat decides to escape and finds happiness playing with the children of a fisherman.

The story is a little simplistic and the lesson overdone, but they’re really only a vehicle anyway. What carries this book is the gorgeous artwork and the introduction to Ancient Egypt.

In particular, I was very impressed with how expressive the cat’s body language is in the pictures. It’s clear that Kiesler is very familiar with felines!

Unfortunately, my son wasn’t taken with the book. He tolerated a reading of it, but was eager to jump to something he found more exciting once I was done. Oh well, we’ll try again!

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