Book Review: Reeve Lindbergh’s Homer the Library Cat

Posted July 29, 2017 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Children's

I received this book for free from the library in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Reeve Lindbergh’s Homer the Library Cat

Homer the Library Cat


Reeve Lindbergh

fantasy, picture book that was published by Candlewick Press on November 8, 2011 and has 32 pages.

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Illustrator: Anne Wilsdorf

A standalone adventure as Homer finds his new home-away-from-home.

My Take

A sweet story using a third-person objective point-of-view, Lindbergh introduces us to Homer and the town all while using an a-b-c-b rhyme scheme that’s so smooth I almost didn’t notice it.

I’m loving the line ink drawings filled in with watercolors. There’s a lightness in all that detail that hums. Do check out the titles on the last page…see if you can figure out what they mean??

Theme-wise, I’m thinking it’s that your quiet space is your home. A good topic of conversation to have with the kids about what they see as their quiet space. Maybe even what is a quiet space to them, considering what the quiet Homer ends up liking!

The Story

It’s a terrible fright that sets Homer on the run from his lovely quiet home. Even more frights send him fleeing from every single refuge until he finds the quietest place in town.

The Characters

Homer is an orange-and-black tiger-striped kitty who belongs to a quiet librarian.

In the town
Hope and Noah are allergic to cats. Other children.

The Cover and Title

The cover is warm in its yellow speckled wall and the orange, black, and white tiger-striped kitty lying on the bookshelf, one eye closed and the other eye glancing up. The book spines add lots more colors from blues to greens, to reds and more. The title is a fancy scriptish serif in a deep, dark orange just above Homer while the author’s and illustrator’s names are in black, running along the front edge of the library shelf.

The title is what the quiet lady’s kitty becomes: Homer the Library Cat.