"Dear Children, here you will find a biography that is different than others because it is told by a cat and it is not every day a cat can consider the Holy Father his friend and sit down to write his life story," the Pope's personal secretary, Monsignor Georg Ganswein, says in the foreword. The Pope is known for his fondness of animals, especially cats, and Joseph and Chico is narrated by Chico, a real cat who took up with the Pope in Germany long before he became the Pope. Chico tells the story of the life of "my best friend" from his birth in Germany in 1927, through his days as a young man, priest, bishop and cardinal.
With a colorful and sometimes amusing language, the author makes this funny cat tell us about the life of the young Joseph all the way up to his election as Pontiff on April 19, 2005. It recounts the Nazi era in Germany when the Pope was a teenager, calling the war years "one of the most dramatic and shameful times in the history of man". Later when he became Cardinal Ratzinger, Chico recounts how each time when the Cardinal returned to Germany from Rome for a vacation, the cat would run into his house and sit on his lap as he played the piano. The lavish color illustrations throughout make this a wonderful gift book and a cherished keepsake.
|By:||Kathy from Dobbs (Dobbs Ferry, NY, May 3, 2011)|
|Review:||This book is an absolute joy. It is so beautifully illustrated and written. I bought this book because I am a cat lover and because I wanted to learn more about our Pope without reading a "volume." I especially appreciate that the book was written from a cat's point of view. What a wonderful idea. The book gives a clear, concise story of our Pope's early years. This book is not just for kids. I'm 63 years old and have passed on Chico and Joseph to my 64 year old friend. Best Uses: Gift, Keepsake, Older Readers, Travel Reading, Younger Readers; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Easy To Understand, Great Pictures, Holds Kids Attention, Keeps Parents Interest, Positive Message, Stimulates Imagination, Teaches Good Values, Well Written|
|By:||Kathy from Dobbs (Dobbs Ferry, NY, April 7, 2011)|
|Review:||I bought this book because I am a cat lover and wanted to hear about the Pope's life from Chico, the cat's, point of view. In addition, I did not want to read a "volume" on the Pope's life. I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully illustrated book. I am 63. This book is not just for children. I passed the book on to a friend my age to enjoy. What a wonderfully written book. Best Uses: Gift, Older Readers, Special Needs, Travel Reading, Written for all ages, Younger Readers; Cons: none; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Beautiful artwork, Easy To Understand, Great Pictures, Keeps Parents Interest, Positive Message, Stimulates Imagination, Teaches Good Values, Well Written|