Casper the Commuting Cat: The True Story of the Cat Who Rode the Bus and Stole Our Hearts

by Susan Finden | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 1849831750 Global Overview for this book
Registered by kingfan30 of Somewhere in Lincs, Lincolnshire United Kingdom on 12/29/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by kingfan30 from Somewhere in Lincs, Lincolnshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 29, 2015
I currently have three cats in my family and we sadly lost one about three years ago. I love them all dearly, they are all different and all special in their own way. Which is why books like this grate a little. Yes Casper travel on a bus which is a little unusual but essentially he's a cat who liked to explore along with 1000s of others out there. The book felt padded out, especially the chapters by Casper, which basically repeated what had been said by Susan in the previous chapter.

As I said previously we have lost a cat, and we talk about him regularly, in fact some of the pictures of Casper reminded me of Walton despite the fact he was a tabby. I understand the heartache, but this seemed to take up too much of the book, (7 chapters!) I didn't really need to read pages of letters that she'd been sent, or about rainbow bridge!

It was an ok read, a bit padded out, but it was a pretty quick read.

Journal Entry 2 by kingfan30 at Bourne, Lincolnshire United Kingdom on Thursday, January 7, 2016

Released 6 yrs ago (1/7/2016 UTC) at Bourne, Lincolnshire United Kingdom

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Casper is commuting to another reader as a RABCK, happy travels

Journal Entry 3 by wingdolph1nwing at Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Saturday, January 9, 2016
Casper arrived save and sound this morning, thank you.

Journal Entry 4 by wingdolph1nwing at Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Saturday, January 23, 2016
I have lost numerous cats and other pets, all are buried in my garden. Kitty was a wimpy tom cat. He pretended he was tough but he let my young (at the time, now grown up) daughter dress him up and he would sit in her doll's pram and be pushed around. Sadly he was killed by a driver who didn't stop.
Amazingly, I hadn't heard of Casper until I read the book. I really enjoyed reading his story.

Journal Entry 5 by wingdolph1nwing at Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom on Sunday, February 14, 2016

Released 6 yrs ago (2/17/2016 UTC) at Chester, Cheshire United Kingdom

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Passing on to a cat loving friend who already has enough books but......

Journal Entry 6 by jalna at Wrexham, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 17, 2016
I have mixed feelings about this book - not just because I have too many books already! I'm sure I will really like a lot it, being a big cat fan myself, but having read the JE by Kingfan30 I think there might be parts which I might want to skip through rather hastily. We shall see.

Journal Entry 7 by jalna at Wrexham, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 22, 2018
As I was about to journal this book I was thinking of starting by saying "I have mixed feelings about this book..." and then I got to the appropriate page and read what I wrote last time! I also read again what Kingfan30 wrote and I have to agree with her, so I won't bore people by repeating it all, but I must admit I skipped all the letters.

I had a few other minor niggles: for a start, I thought Morse was an excellent name but Casper - oh no! (My sister agreed.) He was not a cat I would have fallen for on sight, I thought, as the photos didn't make him look appealing to me at all. I thought the author (was she really, or was it ghosted?) was either very naive or rather cunning. She kept claiming to be surprised by the publicity but it started with her writing an open letter to a newspaper, rather than addressing it to the staff of the bus station for whom it was intended. Actually, I think I wouldn't get on very well with her if I met her.

Having said all that, it is mostly quite an interesting and enjoyable read and will probably appeal to most cat lovers, who will be able to spot many traits of their own felines.

Journal Entry 8 by jalna at Wrexham, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, August 11, 2018

Released 4 yrs ago (8/13/2018 UTC) at Wrexham, Wales United Kingdom

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After short delay (surely there are less useful things old age could steal from you rather than your memory!) this book will shortly be on its way to Ireland where a BookCrosser is keen to read it.

Journal Entry 9 by Can-Toi-Tete at Ballysimon, Co. Limerick Ireland on Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Casper arrived here safe - with another little delay. He wanted to check out my neighbours postbox first before taking a break now in my bookshelf.

Thanks for the wishlist book!

14.12.2018:
This book is the first book in a long time that had me in tears from the beginning. The story of Casper is so heartwarming, funny and sad all at once. I myself call a black and white cat - Cujo - my own (although I think, he would say it the other way around) and I never know what he is up to, when he is outside the house.
But it seems that he is more interested in the stream behind the house than the very busy road at the front. Hopefully it stays that way.
Thank you so much again for this RABCK, which I really loved to read.
And Casper won't have to stay in the house on a shelf. I am going to Germany tomorrow and he will travel with me. Not sure, where I will leave the book, but I think I can find a good place (maybe a bus).

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