BOOK REVIEW: Lola and the Rent-a-Cat

Lola and the Rent-a-Cat

This is such a bittersweet little picture book. It’s the story of Lola, an elderly woman who loses her husband after fifty-six years together. Lola feels alone in her bereavement until she goes online, discovers a site called “rentacat.com,” and chooses an older feline with whom she can share her life with. We watch as the new cat, Tim, provides companionship, laughs, and love for the woman.

This book has so many great things going for it: respect and understanding for the elderly, the human-animal bond, and “second chance” pets. It would be a fine read-aloud choice, although adults may find themselves getting more than a little misty. For the grownup set Lola inevitably brings up thoughts about aging and eventually losing one’s spouse.

My only concern is that I wish Lola would have adopted Tim instead of “renting” him, but one gets the feeling at the end of this book that the cat isn’t going anywhere.

(REVIEW ORIGINALLY APPEARED AT GOODREADS.COM)

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