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Simon Ships Out. How one brave, stray cat became a worldwide hero: Based on a true story Paperback – October 1, 2014
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About the Author
Jacky Donovan might not have nine lives, but she does have a few. Having become bored of being a 'Stepford' housewife in Southampton, Jacky packed her bags and headed to London just over a decade ago. She's now an established author and, more importantly, curious about cats. Her latest book "Simon Ships Out: A heroic cat at sea" - the memoir of the world's first celebrity cat! - has just been published to great acclaim in the UK. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and Sabotage Times. In between her writing she has recently trekked to see Mount Everest; tandem jumped from a tiny plane; been on Canarian TV due to her crazy long fingernails; run a lesbian dining club; escaped from a yoga holiday in a dinghy; and regularly does charity work for Breast Cancer and Gay Pride. She currently spends her time between London and Gran Canaria.
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Well written, the author's manner of speaking through Simon is captivating and believable and Simon becomes my hero too. Do yourself a favor and delve into Simon's adventures.
What a great way to teach a historical event, through the eyes of the cat, and sometimes the dog. These two pets are on a ship that is in the war. This is not from an American point of view but rather from the British side. That is a part of history not taught in our US schools so this is a cool way to teach about ship and the war and how it might have felt to be a cat with bombs and guns going off. Poor little creatures can't understand yet they do their best for the nice people who take care of them.
Often I found the narrative from the cat's mind seemed either too smart or not smart enough. In other words, in my life with cats this point of view often didn't ring true. But then again, who knows what those furry friends think anyway? It's worth the read, and I think sailors would love it even more.
Simon (as voiced by the writer) relates occurrencs as if Simon would and how could you understand human life when you are a cat? The author is able to phrase events as if he was Simon. Death is being 'gone' having 'stopped': a cat's philosophy and very touching.
It relates the cares and concerns of daily life in unsettled times and locations. The dialogue speaks with the innocence of a cat and his best friends, one of whom lived with him on a ship caught in wartime China. Peggy was a dog and they were mascots as well as valuable vermin exterminators. They experience life as sometimes unexplained actions and mysteries, that they try to explain based on their reality. I wished the voyage and victories would have extended longer: it is a true story, and truth prevails when heart will not.
What can be better than a story that mixes a truly heroic animal, and the enemies that that animal would find on board a ship, with actual, true and historic events? I fell in love with Simon the day that his big brother Jo Jo stopped. Oh my, did my heart break! What a gentle way to describe death. And this gentle way of describing the realities of life on a ship and during a war continues on throughout this amazing story. Life through the eyes of a cat, who has never been on a ship, doesn't know what the words mean, has never heard the word shoot, or turret....or kill.
Ms. Donovan has managed to combine history, fantasy and wonderful nuggets of moral lessons into a truly entertaining novel, suitable for children and adults alike. Can you say movie? I would pay to see it.....
Formally decorated by the Royal Government he sadly dies of his wounds before the award ceremony back in England.
A wonderfully moving account of a cat's eye view of humans, sea life and warfare. Don't miss it
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