Kaspar Prince of Cats book review by Michael Morpurgo

Me: “Dinner’s on the table girls.”
Alice: “Not yet mum, I can’t put this book down!”

Separate occasion
Me: “Don’t forget to take a book in the car for the journey.”
Bessie: “Oh brilliant, I can read Kaspar Prince of Cats!”

Kaspar Prince of Cats book review

What more proof do you need that Kaspar Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo is utterly compelling? I have yet to get a look in but judging by the twin’s reaction this book is very, very good and on my half term reading list!

There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the twins engrossed in a book. They get comfortable on the sofa, sinking into the cushions with Baxter cuddling in on the scene too as close as he can, happy for the warmth of a soft lap.

Silence reigns in the house and my two little people start to take an adventure via the printed words forming pictures in their mind as the story develops.
Is there anything better?

The fact that they are huge animal fans – any picture or video of an animal on my Facebook stream is always met with very long ‘awws’ – meant that the book was already set up to be a hit. However, some books can disappoint. I have had to write in the girl’s school reading books twice now asking permission to exchange their books as they found them boring.

Not the case for Kaspar Prince of Cats though. This book, read to date by two people, is already well thumbed and has lost its ‘brand new’ look.

The story is about a cat, which you obviously gathered by the title. A special cat that arrived at the Savoy hotel in London in a basket. Carried in by Johnny Trott, the bell boy, who carried all of Countess Kandinsky’s belongings.

Now I can’t tell you what happens as I haven’t read the book yet, not to mention it would be a huge spoiler but, suffice to say that Johnny ends up with Kaspar. The two of them become great friends with Lizziebeth, a spirited American heiress and Johnny and Kaspar find themselves travelling around the world. They encounter all sorts of troubles on their journey – theft, a shipwreck even a rooftop rescue!

It is said that he goes by the official title of Prince Kaspar Kandinsky, Prince of Cats.

It is said that he is a Muscovite, a Londoner and a New Yorker.

It is said that he is the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic…

I’d say they are the perfect ingredients to cuddle up on the sofa for a good read, wouldn’t you?

You can win a signed copy simply by entering the competition on the Rafflecopter below

PS. **Puts on detective hat** I thought you’d really interested to hear about how Michael Morpurgo was inspired to write this story

Kaspar Prince of Cats book review

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  1. sam macaree
    October 20, 2017 / 7:31 PM

    my mum would love it

  2. Tracy Nixon
    October 20, 2017 / 8:02 PM

    For my daughter thank you!

  3. Rachel Craig
    October 20, 2017 / 8:11 PM

    Self, as looks like cat I had many years ago. Then I would pass the book onto nephew.

  4. Solange
    October 20, 2017 / 8:30 PM

    My daughter

  5. laura banks
    October 20, 2017 / 8:35 PM

    my son

  6. MM
    October 20, 2017 / 9:53 PM

    My eldest son is 10, and a big Michael Morpurgo fan. He would treasure this!

  7. amy bondoc
    October 20, 2017 / 10:40 PM

    id love to win for my nephew

  8. Sarah Mackay
    October 20, 2017 / 11:06 PM

    My daughter Lily

  9. Rich Tyler
    October 20, 2017 / 11:17 PM

    For my son :)

  10. melanie stirling
    October 20, 2017 / 11:40 PM

    I would love to win this for my niece.

  11. stuart hargreaves
    October 21, 2017 / 7:46 AM


  12. Keith Embleton
    October 21, 2017 / 9:53 AM

    My grand daughter would love this

    October 21, 2017 / 2:44 PM

    I would love to win for my auntie who loves cats AND has a cat called Casper! She would adore this book! Thank you for the chance x

  14. Jen Rogers
    October 21, 2017 / 5:35 PM

    Our Son who rescued a gorgeous cat who was with us for 20 wonderful years

  15. Heather Hibbert
    October 21, 2017 / 9:12 PM

    My 9 year old brother who LOVES Michael Mopurgo, his fave ever book is War Horse

  16. October 22, 2017 / 8:38 AM

    Oh that sounds really good! I’m always on the look out for something new to read with the kids at bedtime.

  17. October 22, 2017 / 3:28 PM

    Aw what a great competition – my two used to love Micheal Morpurgo when they were in junior school x x

  18. Vanessa
    October 23, 2017 / 6:55 PM

    My daughter and myself; we love Michael Morpurgo!

  19. Jo Carroll
    October 24, 2017 / 2:39 PM

    My niece is a huge cat lover …I wouldn’t ever say ‘mad’ but she is a little obsessed ;)

  20. Helen Rodwell
    October 25, 2017 / 2:35 PM

    I’d like to win this for my nephew

  21. Claire glace
    October 25, 2017 / 6:27 PM

    My book loving neice x

  22. Clare B
    October 26, 2017 / 12:16 AM

    I’d like to win this for me! I’m just a big kid :)

  23. Suzanne Jackson
    October 26, 2017 / 2:28 PM

    My daughter – she loves Michael Morpurgo

  24. Patricia Avery
    October 26, 2017 / 4:39 PM

    For me….then my granddaughter. We are both big fans of Michael Morpurgo. Kensuke’s Kingdom is my favourite up to now 3:)

    October 26, 2017 / 7:01 PM

    I’d like to win the book for my daughter Megan x

  26. October 26, 2017 / 7:08 PM

    My son would love it and I think I would read it too

  27. Sarah Parker
    October 27, 2017 / 10:10 AM

    my daughter :)

  28. George Wright
    October 27, 2017 / 12:32 PM

    Me! I’ve loved Michael Morpurgo’s books since I read Why the Whales Came at school. Books are for sharing though so I would!

  29. Jodie A Green
    October 27, 2017 / 9:32 PM

    My daughter would love to read this

  30. Diana
    October 27, 2017 / 10:36 PM

    My daughter

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