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My Life as a Cat

Written by Carlie Sorosiak

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Stories about Animals

LoveReading View on My Life as a Cat

Alien story is the cat’s whiskers

Leonard looks like a cat, sounds like a cat and – in lots of ways – behaves like a cat. But Leonard is an alien, an alien who has arrived in the wrong body for a trip to Earth – he was meant to be a Yellowstone Park ranger - and needs to get home. Fortunately, he’s adopted by just about the only human on our planet who can save him. Olive is a young girl, also far from home and lonely. The two form a special friendship and, with the help of two amiable if eccentric grown-ups, embark on an amazing journey of adventure and discovery. Leonard might not get to tick off all the human activities on his to do list – one of which is the ‘preparation and consumption of a cheese sandwich’ – but he and Olive learn the most important things there are to being human, to being alive. It’s a story filled with wonder, but truths too, is often funny, sometimes tense, always enjoyable and has important things to say about home and where we can find it. 


Readers who love Leonard – and lots will – should also read Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s alien adventure Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth.

Andrea Reece

Other Info

The Editor at Nosy Crow says:  “Carlie’s writing is something truly special. She is a born storyteller – and from the first page of My Life as a Cat I fell in love with Leonard and Olive.”

My Life as a Cat Synopsis

A wise, funny and moving story of what it means to find a family, from the best-selling author of I, Cosmo.

Leonard has never had a name. Or a body. Or a best friend. But he is excited to try being a human.

On their three-hundredth-birthday, every alien from Leonard's home galaxy gets to spend a month in the body of an Earth Creature. Leonard was supposed to become a forest ranger in Yellowstone National Park - but there was a mix-up. And now he's stuck as a stray cat. Luckily for Leonard, he meets a young human called Olive - and together they set out on a journey to find home.

My Life as a Cat Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Full of gentle humour, ‘My Life as a Cat’ is a lovely story about belonging and being yourself. A must for primary libraries and book corners. Full review

Sue Wilsher

I really enjoyed it, it was amazing. Full review

Aggie Daniels (Age 10)

Before I read this book, I thought that aliens were horrible and cruel but this book made me realise that some aliens might actually be kind and caring. Full review

Amatullah Khatun (Age 10)

My Life as a Cat Press Reviews

Praise for I, Cosmo;

“A novel full of heart that has all the hallmarks of a modern classic.”   Waterstones - Children’s Book of the Month

“I adored this, a genuine feel-good delight with the most lovable animal narrator I’ve read in ages.”   The Bookseller  

“This is a (very lightly) philosophical book about loyalty, love and living in the moment.”  i Weekend  

“An adorable story about love and loyalty and how they can sustain us during tough times, written with real heart.”  Irish Independent 

“This charming, original story brings together the fun of canine freestyle dance and the heartbreak of divorce into a single, moving story about families.”   BookTrust

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781788006088
Publication date: 03/09/2020
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788006088
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
Author: Carlie Sorosiak
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Animals
Recommendations: Reluctant Readers, Reviewed by Children

About Carlie Sorosiak

Carlie Sorosiak writes books about magical summer camps, missing people, and the inner life of dogs. She grew up in North Carolina and has an American dingo (Google it!) who is her writing companion (but she doesn’t let her type on the keyboard!). By day, she’s a creative writing professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta.

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