Inspired by a true story, The Little War Cat is a moving picture book by debut author Hiba Noor Khan, depicting a hopeful story amidst conflict from the perspective of one of Aleppo's smallest inhabitants: a little grey cat.
Hiba Noor Khan is a young writer and activist, deeply engaged with issues in development, immigration and intercultural understanding. She completed a Postgraduate degree in Engineering/Physics from the University of Oxford in 2015 and is currently studying for her third university degree. Since then she has worked as a Refugee Advocacy Worker for The Children's Society, a Physics teacher and TV presenter. She also contributed to policy research carried out by the Government's Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life. Hiba has worked on various sustainable development projects in rural Tanzania, and delivered aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey. The Little War Cat is her first picture book. Laura Chamberlain is a children's book designer and illustrator currently based in Northamptonshire, UK. After graduating from The University of Reading in 2017 with a first in BA Graphic Communication, she completed an MA in Children's Book Illustration from Cambridge School of Art in 2019 with a distinction.
The illustrations make beautiful use of light and dark to convey
the difference between safe times and times of war. As a life-long
companion to cats I can also confirm that they beautifully capture
the movements and personalities of felines. This is a great read
for empathy. It introduces the concept of war in a very accessible
way. It is also a story of hope and love - that for every person
affected by war, there will be a safe shelter. -- Louise Nettleton
* https://bookmurmuration.com/the-little-war-cat/ *
A beautiful story of kindness and hope in the midst of conflict The Little War Cat encourages empathy and understanding and celebrates how each small act of care can make a big difference. A picture book full of compassion. -- Library Lady * Anne Thompson *
A beautiful book about hope and friendship which has a powerful message at its heart. Stunningly illustrated by Laura Chamberlain, this lovely picture book is inspired by the true story of the Cat Man of Aleppo. -- Anna McKerrow * BookTrust *
Both the author's words and Laura Chamberlain's illustrations show the transformational power of kindness and love, and how warmth and acts of altruism can help others to transcend the worst of times -- Jill Bennett * Books for Keeps *