Lola and the Rent-a-cat by Ceseli Josephus Jitta

Lola and the Rent-a-cat

Written by Ceseli Josephus Jitta
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Lola and the Rent-a-cat by Ceseli Josephus Jitta

After the death of her husband John, Lola finds the days long and empty. One day she goes online and discovers How will she choose which cat to rent, and could this be the start of a beautiful new friendship? Ceseli Josephus Jitta's delightful illustrations will amuse young and old alike, while the ultimately uplifting story of how a very old lady finds life is worth living after bereavement can be used to gently introduce very young children to the subject of old age and death. Translated from the Dutch, Lola and the Rent-a-Cat has been nominated for several prizes and translated into four languages.


Old people - decrepitude - death - widowhood: a bold agenda for a children's picture book. But it empahtically IS a book for children. Not just as a gentle introduction to the subject of old age and dying - though it is certainly that - but also for its joy and fun and fulfilment. Because this is a story that finishes in the ascendent, with the promise of what tomorrow may bring. A superb book by a Dutch writer/illustrator whose artwork is as striking as the story she tells. Carousel This is not just a book for children - it has something to say to everyone. Unusual in approach and with much humour as well as seriousness, the subject of death is handled beautifully but quirkily. The illustrations are first-rate... This is a remarkable book, not in the least bit sentimental but with great truth and subtle wit. And I found it deeply moving. For everyone over five. Books for Keeps One of the bravest picture books I've seen in a while. This one is a gem, I tell you... Sweet-hearted without pouring an entire bottle of syrup on our plates. A sympathetic, affectionate look at overcoming grief, rendered with a pleasing economy of text. Seven Impossible Things This large and remarkable book, with the author's own bold illustrations, has won awards in Belgium and The Netherlands. It tackles sensitively the issues of old age and bereavement.../ Carefully introduced to junior school children, this tale may open hearts and minds to the issues of sound marriage, old age, and inevitably, death. There is no doubt that many of the grandparents of young readers will be cheered by this book's gentle warmth. School Librarian This is a touching story of friendship, and also coping with loss. It is simply told in large, bright, boldly drawn illustrations. Ibby Link

About the Author

Ceseli Josephus Jitta began her training at the Academie July in Paris and continued in Amsterdam, first at the Rietveldacademie, after that at the Rijksacademie. Now she works as a university teacher and as freelance artist. As an illustrator, she is very much appreciated for her picture books. Lola and the Rent-a-cat was nominated for the Golden Owl 2007 and rewarded with a Silver Brush.

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32 pages
Interest Age: 4-7


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

5th August 2010



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