Lola and the Rent-A-Cat by Ceseli Josephus Jitta

Death and loving relationships between elderly people are subjects rarely tackled in children’s books. But this book manages to tackle both well.

Lola and her husband John have been together for fifty-six years and have had a warm and caring relationship. They have had many years of doing everything together and in old age they continue to help and support each other. But, John’s health begins to fail until one day his heart stops beating. After john’s death Lola tries to fill her day by reading, watching television and surfing the internet. But, this does not fill the gap left by John.

Surfing the net she visits www.rentacat.com (not a real site). Searching the site she eventually finds Tim number 313 and orders him. In her excitement Lola cannot sleep and is up early. Tim is everything she needs. Once again Lola has someone to share her life with. With this new relationship good memories come flooding back, these comfort her and she looks forward to another day.

Read a real life story about renting cats for company using the link below.

Rent-a-friend in Japan http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/7818140.stm

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I am a passionate reader of children's books (Primary aged) with a particular interest in picture books. I am always on the look out for children's books at are written by authors from other countries. I am also keen on technology and try to keep abreast of what is happening in a fast changing world. At present my day job is to support teachers and local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region (UK), which I really enjoy. Another aspect of my work is to present nationally developed work for the National Strategies. With economic cuts my job will terminate in Spring next year and I may be carrying out independent work based around high quality picture books. My other interest include my allotment, knitting and last but not least my family. My Twitter name is Orlama.
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