Lost and Found Cat: The true story of Kunkush’s incredible journey by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes, illustrated by Sue Cornelison, 2017. ISBN: 9781524715472. Reviewed by John R. Clark, MLIS.
This is a true story that is so amazing it will strike many readers as being too incredible to be true. After her husband dies in Mosul, Iraq, Sura pays a smuggler to spirit her and her five children out of the country. The family can’t imagine leaving their per cat Kunkush behind.
Getting a family of five safely out of a war-torn land would be difficult enough, but add in a white cat in a battered carrier and you have quite a challenge, especially when crossing the Mediterranean Sea in a rubber boat. Everything works until the carrier breaks and the cat runs off. What happens after this tragedy to reunite Kunkush and his family makes for an extremely emotional story. It’s one pet lovers will relate to and is a tale that will bring home what love and dangerous living conditions are in extremely vivid ways for young readers. The illustrations are striking in their color and richness. An excellent choice for any public or school library.