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Kaspar Prince of Cats

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by Michael Foreman

Key Stage 2 General Fiction

LoveReading View on Kaspar Prince of Cats

An emotional and compelling read bringing the story of the Titanic vividly to life

A wonderfully emotional but heart-warming tale from the pen of one of the foremost writers for children.  Brilliantly interwoven in historical fact at the time of the sinking of the Titanic is the story of Kaspar the Savoy cat, who we also discover is a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic.  The story is utterly compelling and brought to life still further by some really dreamy illustrations by Michael Foreman. A story to read aloud during those cold wintry evenings as much as a story to cuddle up with alone.  Wonderful.



Kaspar Prince of Cats Synopsis

Kaspar the cat first came to the Savoy Hotel in a basket - Johnny Trott knows, because he was the one who carried him in. Johnny was a bell-boy, you see, and he carried all of Countess Kandinsky's things to her room. But Johnny didn't expect to end up with Kaspar on his hands forever, and nor did he count on making friends with Lizziebeth, a spirited American heiress. Pretty soon, events are set in motion that will take Johnny - and Kaspar - all around the world, surviving theft, shipwreck and rooftop rescues along the way. Because everything changes with a cat like Kaspar around. After all, he's Prince Kaspar Kandinsky, Prince of Cats, a Muscovite, a Londoner and a New Yorker, and as far as anyone knows, the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic...

Kaspar Prince of Cats Reader Reviews

A small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review Kaspar, Prince of CatsClick Here to read the full reviews.

  • Matilda Greenacre, age 7 - 'This is a lovely story about a cat...Overall I liked this book, and you will too if you like animals, ships and adventures....'
  • Elspeth Paterson, age 9 - 'The adventures of a cat and a Bellboy! This book is really good.  It is a fairly serious story in which the mood is lifted by funny sections and the mischievous characters.'
  • Izzy Read, age 12 - 'one of the most enchanting books I ever read.'   
  • Bethany Urquhart, age 7 - 'I liked Lizziebeth because she is a funny hero and Kaspar because he seems like a real cat. I like the fact this book has some bits that are true.'  

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007267002
Publication date: 7th January 2010
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: Michael Foreman
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: General Fiction

About Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo, began writing stories in the early '70's, in response to the children in his class at the primary school where he taught in Kent.  One of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers, Michael was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003, a post he helped to set up with Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours in 2018 for services to literature and charity. He has written over 150 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, ...

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