The Station Cat – Stephen Hogtun

Follow the life of a lonely, little kitten who wanders into a busy, drab train station and learns about the lives of the passengers there. Can she give their life hope and colour again?

I’m a massive fan of picture books and I’ve got to say The Colour Cat is one of the most powerful I’ve read. Writer and illustrator Stephen Hogtun dedicated this book to the memory of his late cat, Georgie, and the impact she had on him and this passion reverberates throughout the story. It is initially a story shrouded in the dark with little hope but as the cat moves into the station, the gorgeous illustrations begin to show the impact she leaves on the passengers she meets.

The Station Cat is a story of kindness and hope, underpinned by connection and the power we have in sharing with others. Loss, grief and loneliness are powerful themes in this story but through connection and empathy, there is the power to see hope. By the end of the story as the train returns to the station, I had tears in my eyes. It was unexpected and I was surprised as I hadn’t realised how much this story had affected me.

From a teaching point of view, there is so much you could do with this book. At the start of each academic year, each year group focuses on a text for the first week and I definitely want to use The Station Cat now. Besides exploring the stunning illustrations, the powerful themes can be explored as well as the language. I loved the contrast between the words on the first and last pages – the true essence of the station cat!

Suggested reading age: 5+

The Station Cat is written and illustrated by Stephen Hogtun. It’s published by DK and is available now. Get it now from all good book shops!

Published by Tom G

Avid reader. Dad of 2. Husband. Assistant Headteacher.

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