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Michael Morpurgo , Michael Foreman
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7 Jan 2010

A heart-warming, colour-illustrated novel about Kaspar the Savoy cat, from the award-winning author of Born to Run and The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Kaspar the cat first came to the Savoy Hotel in a basket - Johnny Trott knows, because he was the one who carried him in. Johnny was a bell-boy, you see, and he carried all of Countess Kandinsky's things to her room.

But Johnny didn't expect to end up with Kaspar on his hands forever, and nor did he count on making friends with Lizziebeth, a spirited American heiress. Pretty soon, events are set in motion that will take Johnny - and Kaspar - all around the world, surviving theft, shipwreck and rooftop rescues along the way. Because everything changes with a cat like Kaspar around. After all, he's Prince Kaspar Kandinsky, Prince of Cats, a Muscovite, a Londoner and a New Yorker, and as far as anyone knows, the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic…


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007267002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007267002
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Multi-award winning author, Michael Morpurgo, is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children and has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award for his recent novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year.

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From the Author

I'm a story detective. I hunt down clues because I need evidence to write my stories. So what was the evidence behind the writing of Kaspar?

A year ago I was asked to be Writer-in-Residence at the Savoy Hotel in London. This involved putting on some literary events and staying for three months at the Savoy. My wife Clare and I had a bed the size of Ireland, and breakfast every morning looking out over the Thames. Everyone in the hotel was very kind. We were treated like royalty - which was great!

Then one day, in the corridor next to the American Bar, I met Kaspar, the Savoy Cat. He was sitting there in a glass showcase - a sculpture of a huge black cat - very elegant, very superior. I made enquiries, as detectives do, and found out why he was there.

One day, almost a hundred years ago, thirteen men sat down to a dinner party at the Savoy. One of them scoffed loudly at the suggestion that thirteen might be an unlucky number, said it was so much tosh. Only a few weeks later, he was shot down in his office in Johannesburg, South Africa. Thereafter The Savoy decided that they would never again allow thirteen people to sit down together for dinner. They would always have a fourteenth chair, and sitting on the fourteenth chair, there would be a specially carved sculpture of a lucky black cat. He was known as Kaspar.
My first clue.

My second clue: I came down to breakfast one morning, and was walking down the red carpeted stairs into the River Restaurant, when I looked up and had a sudden sense of déjà vu. The whole decor and atmosphere reminded me of pictures I'd seen of the restaurant on the Titanic. I knew then my story would be about a cat called Kaspar, who would live at the Savoy and become the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic.

But it was the people who lived and worked at the Savoy who gave me my last and most vital clue. I discovered that they came from every corner of the globe. And I soon discovered also that their lives were very different from the lives of the guests they looked after. It would have been very much like this, I thought, in 1912, at the time the Titanic went down.

My evidence was complete. A little dreamtime, to make some sense of all the clues, and I could begin my story, about how Kaspar was brought to the Savoy by a very famous diva - an opera singer, a Countess from Russia...
Michael Morpurgo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Inside Flap

Kaspar the cat first came to The Savoy Hotel in a basket - Johnny Trott knows, because he was the one who carried him in. Johnny was a bell-boy, you see, and he carried all of Countess Kandinsky's things to her room.

But Johnny didn't expect to end up with Kaspar on his hands forever, and nor did he count on making friends with Lizziebeth, a spirited American heiress. Pretty soon, events are set in motion that will take Johnny - and Kaspar - all around the world, surviving theft, shipwreck and rooftop rescues along the way. Because everything changes with a cat like Kaspar around. After all, he's Kaspar Kandinsky, Prince of Cats, a Muscovite, a Londoner and a New Yorker, and as far as anyone knows, the only cat to survive the sinking of the Titanic ... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 9 Dec 2008
By Meldorf
Format:Hardcover
Kaspar is about Johnny Trott, a bell boy in the Savoy Hotel in London, who is an orphan. He is trusted with the duty of looking after a guest's cat but this cat is no ordinary cat; it is the prince of all cats. He becomes good friends with a rich girl called Elisabeth and he stows away on the Titanic so that he can be with her. But the Titanic hits an iceberg and he is the one to tell Elisabeth and her family that the ship is sinking. At the last minute he realises that he has forgotten the cat and he must go and fetch him.
Sometimes everything seems to be going badly for Johnny but things are never as bad as you may think. It has a more than satisfying conclusion.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another beautifully written masterpiece 14 Nov 2008
Format:Hardcover
My eight year old daughter and I are devoted Michael Morpurgo fans and Kaspar is undoubtedly our favourite so far. Beautifully illustrated and told with great empathy for the human and animal subjects. In all his stories he tackles big issues for children to understand and the portrayal of the sinking of the Titanic is no exception. Even so he kept us both gripped and the ending brought a lump to my throat. Whether you are a devotee or a first time reader you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book for children and adults alike! 22 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
This is a beautifully written story which I first read myself aged 26 and have since shared with nieces, nephews and classes of children in school. Without exception they have all loved it. It's great to find stories which both boys and girls enjoy equally, and I can definitely put Kaspar Prince of Cats into this category. A firm favourite on my bookshelf!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A rattling good yarn 6 July 2013
By Jay
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A good read for 7-10 year olds (approx). As usual from Michael Morpurgo, it is well written with engaging characters and plot. We are going to use with Year 5 pupils because of the Titanic link.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 26 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great book for sharing with 8 and 10 year old children! Morpurgo's books are all gripping from start to finish and Kaspar is no exception!
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4.0 out of 5 stars LOVED it ! 7 Jun 2013
By AC
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was a great read , I did Enjoy it very much. I would recommend this for 10 - 12 years
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cute! 3 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
I was in an impulsive mood when i bought this, seen it had a cute black cat on the cover like mine snapped it up,read the blurb on the back it mentioned the titanic,thought it sounded interesting so i got it.Now bearing in mind im 21 an this is a kids book i really enjoyed it lol not that it bothers me its a kids book as i read anything that appeals an many diff books.Its a nice happy story apart from some bits obviously cuz the titanics in it but i thought the author was very good the way he covered it, its more based around the cat than actually about it but i enjoyed the story and im sure any child would love this,i defo would have when i was a kid
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Morpurgo does it again! 1 Jan 2009
By KB
Format:Hardcover
I've always been a fan of Michael Morpurgo and I loved reading Kaspar. It's set in the Savoy Hotel in London and is about a boy called Johnny Trott. Johnny has lived all his life not knowing who his parents are; he always hoped that one day he would find his dream mother. When the Countess Kandinsky comes to the hotel, Johnny is trusted to look after her cat. Soon a rich family from New York come to stay at the hotel and Johnny gets to know their daughter, Lizziebeth. The family go back on the Titanic and Johnny wants to go with them. He becomes a stowaway.

A lovely story, one of my favourite books. A great read for all the family. Brought me close to tears. If you haven't tried Michael Morpurgo or, if you're a big fan of his, you should get this book right away!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Ok for children
Published 5 days ago by Bella
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent story. You should read it.
Published 28 days ago by P. Whitcomb
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved
so good so good I loved it so much very enjoyable noise to read and fact full he was the only cat on the titanic :D
Published 29 days ago by skye player
5.0 out of 5 stars lots of interest and some nice illustrations to keep children...
Made me cry as I was reading to my Titanic mad son. Lovely story, lots of interest and some nice illustrations to keep children interested.
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have bought this for my grandson loves them
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Christmas present - one very happy Morpurgo-crazy daughter!
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A Russian boy called Johnny who works at the Savoy Hotel gets taken to the USA to live with an American family of three because the Russian boy has got no home. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Isabel Moss
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Found out about this book from a friend, and as I love cats and have watched the titanic, I wanted to read it. Read more
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