The Cat Did Not Know tells the story of Christ through the eyes of a small cat that follows Jesus from his birth in Bethlehem through the key events of His life and ending with his crucifixion and resurrection.
Margaret McCarthy is a teacher based in Dublin. She teaches students aged 11 to 18. This is her first book.
Episodes from the life of Jesus told in rhyming metrical verse from the viewpoint of a cat who sees everything but understands little. The cat did not know it was Easter. He just knew the centurion slept The tomb was no longer closed with a stone. So into the dark cave he crept.
- Books Ireland December 2006
Told in a series of short accessible verses this book is an informative and quirky telling of Christs life. Beautifully illustrated, The Cat Did Not Know is a perfect addition to any school library and a thoughtful children - and cat lovers - of any age. Margaret McCarthy is a teacher based in Dublin. She teaches students from 11 to 18. This is her first book. The illustrations are by Sophie Molloy.
- Catholic Ireland.net 2007
Beautiful book, ideal present for any child and a "must" for Christmas Stocking!
Review by L
Fantastic book, beautifully written. A wonderful way to explain the the life of Jesus seen through the eyes of the cat.
A fabulous present for any child. Recommend it 100%. Bought it for my own son a few years ago, he loved it so much he shared it with his friends and since then it is a regular on our present list, especially at Christmas Time, can't think of a better present. (Posted on 29/11/2013)
The shadow crept in with the darkness
Just as the woman cried
It sounded quite harsh in the silence
So he sat, in the dark, by her side
He saw the pain wrinkle her forehead
As he settled back into a nook
He could offer no help or no comfort
Beyond being there and daring to look
And when the great suffering ended
She smiled and relief lit her eyes
He blinked before settling down for a sleep
And ignored the angel-filled skies
The man and the woman looked weary
The child looked wrinkled and dazed
The cat backed away from the shuffling feet
As the shepherds adoringly gazed
The couple were sleeping at daybreak
The baby looked fragile and small
The cat watched quietly until they awoke,
When he purred as he walked from the stall.