The Laundromat Cat by Carole Giangrande

The Laundromat Cat by Carole Giangrande is a tale of two classic unlikely friends – a cat and a mouse. Sudsy the cat is allowed to live at the laundromat under one condition – she must catch a pesky little mouse who has been frightening the customers. When the two finally come face to face in a harrowing situation, Sudsy has a change of heart and decides to help the mouse to safety rather than catch it. Together, they manage to escape the washing machine fiasco and the two very quickly become friends. Even without words, their bond is apparent to the laundromat owner who then decides to allow Whiskers the mouse to stay. Sudsy and Whiskers become the highlight of the town, with customers stopping in specifically to visit the iconic duo.

            Demonstrating examples of empathy, compassion, and unexpected friendship, The Laundromat Cat is an entertaining and educational story for young children. The illustrations by Yue Huang pair well in telling the story, and there is also a fun addition to the story which is a “find the mouse” maze that was thoroughly enjoyed.

In Adeline’s (age 4) words “I like Sudsy’s green eyes and that she saved the little mouse!”. 

Note: Adeline’s sister Harlow (age 2) is pictured holding the book above.

Carole Giangrande is the award-winning author of ten books, including the novella A Gardener on the Moon (winner of the 2010 Ken Klonsky Award) and the novel All That Is Solid Melts Into Air(2018 Independent Publishers Gold Medal for Literary Fiction). The Tender Birds is her fourth novel. She’s worked as a broadcast journalist for CBC Radio, and her fiction, poetry, articles and reviews have appeared in literary journals and in Canada’s major newspapers. In her spare time, she loves birding with her partner Brian, photographing birds and trying to improve her French.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Pandamonium Publishing House (Oct. 7 2022)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1989506623
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1989506622

Children's Picture Book Reviewer

Melanie is the Children's Book reviewer at The Miramichi Reader. She is a mother to two young children Adeline (5 years) and Harlow (3 years). She has a Bachelor of Health Science from Dalhousie University and previously worked as a Radiological Technologist before deciding to pursue a career in health insurance administration. She enjoys sewing, crafting, and going on adventures with her family. Having lived in all three maritime provinces, Melanie now raises her daughters with her husband in Moncton, NB.