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“In the cat shelter sat a poor black and white cat, through the window he stared at the rain...”

Our Dave by Emma Woodthorpe is a beautifully illustrated rhyming children's picture book that tells the rags to riches tale of a very special cat in desperate need of a new home.


The story follows his journey after being abandoned by his old humans, from battling his loneliness in the cat shelter, through to finding a sense of family and belonging in his forever home.


Our Dave is aimed at independent readers of 5-7 years old, and is also designed to provide interest to pre-readers through the enjoyable rhyming pattern and accompanying illustrated pictures.


The story of Our Dave picks up the topics of feelings and emotions, loneliness, family, animal rescue and belonging, and can be used as a starting place for conversations with children to help develop their emotional literacy.


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Praise for Our Dave

“ . . . it is delightful . . . small children will love it . . It's a story anyone who has adopted a cat will identify with . . . the illustrations [are] . . . clear and well drawn. I really like it especially Dave.”


Diane Elson author of Rabbit's Jam Making and The Junglies children's book series.


“This is a beautiful book with a beautiful message that utterly warmed our hearts. It tells a story that we see every day, and we hope it helps raise awareness of all the cats like Dave who need a loving home. A must-read for cat-loving families everywhere.”

The Sheffield Cats Shelter