Review: Lost and Found Cat


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Based on a remarkable true story, Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey, recounts the harrowing journey of an Iraqui refugee family who refused to leave their beloved cat Kunkush behind.

From the publisher:

When an Iraqi family is forced to flee their home, they can’t bear to leave their beloved cat, Kunkush, behind. So they carry him with them from Iraq to Greece, keeping their secret passenger hidden away.

But during the crowded boat crossing to Greece, his carrier breaks and the frightened cat runs from the chaos. In one moment, he is gone. After an unsuccessful search, his family has to continue their journey, leaving brokenhearted.

A few days later, aid workers in Greece find the lost cat. Knowing how much his family has sacrificed already, they are desperate to reunite them with the cat they love so much. A worldwide community comes together to spread the word on the Internet and in the news media, and after several months the impossible happens—Kunkush’s family is found, and they finally get their happy ending in their new home.

This remarkable true story is told by the real people involved, with the full cooperation of Kunkush’s family.

Aimed at ages 4 through 8, this beautifully illustrated book will tug at your heart strings in a big way – I recommend that you have tissues ready. I certainly didn’t get through this book without crying, even though (or maybe because) I knew how the story ended. I don’t have children, but I would imagine that this book is also a great way to explain the refugee crisis to kids in a way that they can relate to.


The real Kunkush with Suru (photograph by Doug Kuntz, used with permission)

Lost and Found Cat is available for pre-order from Amazon and will ship on January 31. With the publication of the book, publisher Random House has made a donation to Doctors Without  Borders.

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13 Comments on Review: Lost and Found Cat

  1. Brad
    January 15, 2017 at 4:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Just received my copy yesterday, my daughters loved it! Thank you for the recommendation!

    • Ingrid
      January 15, 2017 at 5:27 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m so glad, Brad!

    • Ingrid
      January 13, 2017 at 5:37 pm (4 years ago)

      I’ve been following his story, Silvia. It has been both heartbreaking and inspirational. He is a hero in my book for sure.

    • lyn
      January 13, 2017 at 6:27 pm (4 years ago)

      I cross posted this. He’s helping the entire community. What a brave saint this man is.

  2. lyn
    January 13, 2017 at 1:26 pm (4 years ago)

    I hope the family also benefits from the sale of the book

    • Doug Kuntz
      January 13, 2017 at 2:13 pm (4 years ago)

      They do.!

      • lyn
        January 13, 2017 at 6:25 pm (4 years ago)

        Wonderful. Thank you.

  3. Egrey213
    January 13, 2017 at 10:41 am (4 years ago)

    I am recommending this to my co-workers who are elementary librarians. This should be in libraries. 🙂

  4. Patricia
    January 13, 2017 at 5:20 am (4 years ago)

    I am going to order this book from Amazon. I love true cat stories with happy endings.

  5. Summer
    January 13, 2017 at 4:52 am (4 years ago)

    My human remembers seeing Kunkush’s story on Facebook! So glad this has become a book.


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