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The Pope's Cat Paperback – March 1, 2018
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–Christopher Lamb, Rome correspondent for The Tablet (UK)
“Young readers and the young at heart will surely fall in love with Margaret, the spirit-filled pet at the heart of The Pope's Cat! Accompanied by fanciful illustrations from Roy Deleon, Jon Sweeney’s first book for children invites us to peek inside the Vatican and discover a Pope who loves sugar cookies and early morning walks and adorable cats just like the rest of us. I can’t wait for more Margaret the cat and her adventures in Rome!”
–Lisa M. Hendey, founder of CatholicMom.com and author of the Chime Travelers series
“The Pope's Cat is the kind of book I would have demanded my parents read to me over and over again. The story takes its young readers behind the walls of what is to many of us a mysterious land—the Vatican—and makes it accessible and human, both real and extraordinary. Margaret the cat steps inside a world few outside of it ever get to even glimpse and sees it from a unique vantage point in a similar fashion to how Corduroy experiences the department store when he goes searching for a button or Claudia and Jamie Kincaid discover fascinating worlds inside the Museum of Natural History. The book contains its own hidden gems that readers (young and old) will find along the way: a bit of papal protocol and history, a few words of Italian, and charming nods to Franciscan spirituality that will stay with them perhaps for a lifetime. It is an uncommon and uncommonly good book for children of all ages—a perfect gift for Christmas and Easter this year and for many to come.”
–Cathleen Falsani, religion journalist; author of The God Factor and Sin Boldly
“The Pope’s Cat is a treat. A stray named Margaret brings joy and quiet companionship into the Pope’s life in this sweet tale of friendship that left me hungry—not only for gelato and spaghetti alle vongole—but for more stories about this dear pair.”
–Jennifer Grant, award-winning author of Maybe God Is Like That Too
“As a self-professed gelateria Catholic, fascinated by Rome, the papacy, and cats, I cannot wait to read this story to our children and the cats we have at home.”
–Massimo Faggioli, Professor of Historical Theology, Villanova University
“DeLeon’s delightful illustrations bring a sense of place to this charming story of the Pope befriending a stray cat. With superb craft and attention to detail, these heartwarming visuals will no doubt lure young readers to discover for themselves where this unique friendship will lead.”
–Richard Sheppard, correspondent for Urban Sketchers, and author/illustrator of Impressions of Wine Country
“DeLeon has that rare gift: to see beneath the surface to people’s inner feelings and share these in his drawings. Each successive page brings more magic and it grows and makes us want to linger. Bravo!”
–Pat Southern-Pearce, Urban Sketchers, artist-in-residence, and illustrator of A Pocketful of Dreams
“The Pope’s Cat provides a beautiful view—from feline-floor level—of the Vatican with fun and inspiration leaping from the pages.”
–Mark Lombard, Clarion Herald, New Orleans, LA
About the Author
Roy DeLeon is an Oblate of St. Benedict, spiritual director, yoga instructor, graphic designer, and professional visual artist. He is also author of Praying with the Body. This is his first book for children.
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