I am not sure why it took me so long to get to Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat published in 2019. Perhaps it is because we do not have children in the house but Harrison Perkins, frequent contributor to this space, mentioned that he was reading Sophie to his child and how much they were enjoying it. That prompted me to order a copy for myself. This is a nice volume beautifully illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia and well-written by Andrew Wilson. I wish that this volume had existed when we were reading books to our children. I wish that I had spent more time reading books to them. I wish that I could read a book to them right now.
The protagonist, Sophie, seems to be perhaps 10–12 and she lives with her parents and sister, Michaela. There is a neighbor cat, who belongs to the Heidelberg family. I will not spoil the story for you but to say that we had a large collection of children’s books (we still do) but this volume would have been, as they say in the radio business, in high rotation. Recommended. It is in hardcopy with a dust jacket and sells for $12.99. I suppose this book might be written for children aged 4–8 but perhaps it might interest children even beyond those ages.
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