The Cat Who Came in From the Cold

The Cat Who Came in From the Cold
by Deric Longden
performed by Deric Longden
Published 1992 by Random House Audio
Approximately 3 hours. Unabridged.
Rating: 3/5

The little cat Deric Longden saw sitting forlornly on an upturned bucket belonged to the neighbors, but somehow when it seemed to rain it seemed only natural to bring him inside. Once there, he slipped so easily into Deric and Aileen’s lives that there was an unspoken agreement that he had found his real home. Little did he know that he had entered the Longden world, in which the unexpected (almost) always happens… Aileen being Aileen, it was probably inevitable that sooner or later the kitten would be trapped in the refrigerator. And Deric being Deric, the obvious way to thaw him back out was to make a little shirt for him out of a shrunken thermal vest. Thus the cat who came in from the cold got his name–Thermal–and joined the ongoing cast of characters in the ongoing Longden saga.

A woman I work with was talking with me about audiobooks one day and she told me about this book. She said she and her friend loved it so much they’d listened to it hundreds of times. She brought it to me so I could give it a listen. I’ve never read anything by Deric Longden before, but it looks like he tends to write about his own life, accompanied by embellishments to make the story more interesting.

This book is precious, and perfect for winter. Deric, being the main character and narrator, tells how he and his wife became a cat lovers through the simple adoption of a cute white kitten named Thermal. Thermal is given his own voice in the book and has a funny personality. He gets himself into all kinds of trouble, like most kittens. Deric takes the reader through the comical steps that come with raising a kitten: training Thermal to use the litter box, taking him to get fixed, and keeping up with him as a tiny kitten.

If you’re in the mood for something fun this winter, and don’t mind a slightly cheesy pet story, I recommend this book. It’s really cute.

Source: Borrowed
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