The Cat Man of Aleppo

Pages: 48
Imprint: Rock the Boat

The Cat Man of Aleppo

Irene Latham, Karim Shamsi-Basha


The true story of Alaa Aljaleel who has touched the hearts of millions worldwide by taking care of Aleppo's abandoned cats


9781786077509 (4 Jun 2020)
RRP £12.99

The Book

The true story of Alaa Aljaleel who has touched the hearts of millions worldwide by taking care of Aleppo's abandoned cats

In the midst of the Syrian Civil War, Aleppo's city centre is empty. Gone are the exciting sounds of a busy market and traditional craftsmen at work. Alaa's neighbourhood is mostly empty now - except for the many cats left behind.

Instead of fleeing to safety, Alaa decides to stay and make a difference by driving an ambulance, carrying the sick and wounded. One day he hears hungry cats calling out to him. They are lonely and scared, just like him. He feeds and pets them to let them know they are loved. Every day more cats come until there are too many for Alaa to look after on his own. Alaa has a big heart, but he will need help from others if he wants to keep his new friends safe.

Additional Information

Pages 48
Imprint Rock the Boat


About the Author

Irene has written many children's books, including Can I Touch Your Hair? co-written with Charles Waters (Rock the Boat, 2019), Leaving Gee's Bend (2011 ALA Children's Book of the Year) and Meet Miss Fancy. Irene lives in Birmingham, Alabama. Karim immigrated to the United States in 1984 from Damascus, Syria. His blog, Arab in Alabama, is on the Huffington Post. He has written and photographed extensively for print and online including People, Time and Southern Living. This is his children's debut.

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