5 star rating
The Story of Fester Cat
By Paul Magrs
ISBN#  9780425275047
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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Una


I always knew that the rest of my story is gonna be a good one. I don’t know how I knew that, but I always did. Ungow! I am Fester the cat.Welcome to my book, everyone!

From when he first ambled into Paul Magrs’s yard—skinny, covered in flea bites, and missing all but one and a half teeth—Fester knew he’d found his family. Paul and his partner, Jeremy, thought it was the ragged black-and-white stray, tired from a rough life on the streets, who was in desperate need of support. But clever Fester knew better. He understood that it was his newfound owners who needed the help.

Over the course of seven years, the feisty feline turned the quaint Manchester house into a loving home. Through his fierce spirit, strong will, and calming energy, Fester taught Paul and Jeremy how to listen and breathe, how to appreciate the joys of simply sitting and singing (what Fester’s purrs sounded like to his silly humans), and how to find joy and contentment in life, even when dealing with hardship.

This is the true story of an extraordinary little cat whose gentle charm and trusting soul turned two young men into a family.


The story of Fester the Cat is a delightful story told by Fester himself.  It will appeal to most cat lovers as the author obviously has a good understanding of cat behavior and using anthropomorphism or personification allows Fester throughout the story to explain these behaviors to the reader in human terms:

“We pick our humans not the other way around”


“my legs are wobbly and I have a headache.”

The cat lover can relate to all of Fester’s antics from what they have seen in their own or other’s cats.

The story is funny, poignant and inspirational as we follow Fester from his rough life on the streets, to his life as a much pampered house cat. He lets us in on how he handles “his boys” through the ups and downs of their relationship, relating to the similarities/ differences in a cats life and even allows us to venture with him as he goes through several illnesses and finally death.

He is a small cat with a big heart with the ability to know what to do when the going gets rough. He is loyal to his friends (he keeps contact with his street buddies) and especially loyal to his family. Fester also knows who and what he doesn’t like.  In the seven years they had Fester, Paul and Jeremy grew as a family and realized that Fester was the gel they needed to bond their relationship. Fester needed them and they needed him. Being a cat lover all my life, I thoroughly enjoyed this story as I laughed and got teary, touched by Fester‘s recollections.. ..  In fact I felt the story was PURRFECT!!!

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*