This Story Is Not About a Kitten (Hardcover)

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By Randall de Sève, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
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The title says it all, it's not that the stray kitten gets rescued, it's that the neighbors all come together to do it and then form a bond that dismantles the barriers that had been keeping them apart. This warmhearted picture book, with its lively repeating and predictive text, makes for terrific balm on your next 'people are terrible' day.

— From Sam's Picks

This darling picture book captured my heart immediately! de Sève's fun use of rhyme and repetition, paired with Ellis' bright and playful illustrations, makes this story about community and kindness a perfect read-aloud.

— From Beth's Picks

November/December 2022 Kids Indie Next List

“This book about community, seeing and helping others in need, and the collaboration and interdependence we all require is exactly what the world needs right now.”
— Laura Sharp, Literally, A Bookshop, Gilbert, AZ


A heartwarming picture book about a neighborhood coming together to help a kitten find a home, from a New York Times bestselling author and a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator.

Contrary to what you may believe, this story is not about a kitten, hungry and dirty, scared and alone, needing a home. It is also not about the dog who heard the kitten meowing sadly. Even less so about the woman and child walking the dog, who stopped when their dog heard the kitten. Nor is it about the friends who brought a box for the kitten, or the man who offered it some milk. No, this story is not about a kitten at all—well, maybe a little—but more importantly this is a story about community, compassion, and generosity. 

Randall de Sève’s thoughtful and warm story is sure to fill readers of all ages with hope and the warm fuzzy feeling that rescuing animals brings. Wonderfully complemented by Carson Ellis’s breathtaking illustrations, this book is sure to be cherished by animal-loving readers everywhere!

About the Author

Randall de Sève is the New York Times bestselling author of award-winning picture books that have been translated into many languages worldwide. All of her stories spring from real-life experiences, then take shape in her imagination. This Story Is Not About a Kitten was inspired by the rescue of a kitten from under a car outside Randall’s home, by a team of huge-hearted Brooklyn neighbors.

Carson Ellis is the author and illustrator of the bestselling picture books Home and Du Iz Tak? She also collaborated on the Wildwood Chronicles with her husband, Colin Meloy. She lives with her family near Portland, Oregon.

Praise For…

★ "Perfect for read-alouds… and a tribute to the power of community." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"[A] celebration of cooperation and simple kindness" —Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593374535
ISBN-10: 0593374533
Publisher: Random House Studio
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
Pages: 40
Language: English