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Casper became a national celebrity when newspapers ran the story of the amazing cat that regularly took the No. 3 bus on journeys around his home town, Plymouth, in Devon. While his devoted owner Sue Finden had wondered where her elusive pet was disappearing to each day, Casper was brightening the lives of countless commuters. Bus drivers, too, were getting well-acquainted Casper became a national celebrity when newspapers ran the story of the amazing cat that regularly took the No. 3 bus on journeys around his home town, Plymouth, in Devon. While his devoted owner Sue Finden had wondered where her elusive pet was disappearing to each day, Casper was brightening the lives of countless commuters. Bus drivers, too, were getting well-acquainted with Casper, and notices went up in their depot alerting staff that a very special passenger might board their vehicle. In fact, he became a mascot for the bus company, and pictures of him and Susan adorned No. 3 buses. When Casper was sadly killed by a car in early 2010 messages of sympathy flooded in from places as far a field as Australia and Argentina. It quickly became clear that Casper and his remarkable story had touched the lives of many people around the world. Movingly told by the owner who loved him dearly, Casper the Commuting Cat is the touching story of a very special black-and-white cat who rode the bus and stole our hearts.


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Casper became a national celebrity when newspapers ran the story of the amazing cat that regularly took the No. 3 bus on journeys around his home town, Plymouth, in Devon. While his devoted owner Sue Finden had wondered where her elusive pet was disappearing to each day, Casper was brightening the lives of countless commuters. Bus drivers, too, were getting well-acquainted Casper became a national celebrity when newspapers ran the story of the amazing cat that regularly took the No. 3 bus on journeys around his home town, Plymouth, in Devon. While his devoted owner Sue Finden had wondered where her elusive pet was disappearing to each day, Casper was brightening the lives of countless commuters. Bus drivers, too, were getting well-acquainted with Casper, and notices went up in their depot alerting staff that a very special passenger might board their vehicle. In fact, he became a mascot for the bus company, and pictures of him and Susan adorned No. 3 buses. When Casper was sadly killed by a car in early 2010 messages of sympathy flooded in from places as far a field as Australia and Argentina. It quickly became clear that Casper and his remarkable story had touched the lives of many people around the world. Movingly told by the owner who loved him dearly, Casper the Commuting Cat is the touching story of a very special black-and-white cat who rode the bus and stole our hearts.

30 review for Casper the Commuting Cat: The True Story of the Cat who Rode the Bus and Stole our Hearts

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Mander

    The story of Casper is indeed very sweet, especially if you're a cat lover. But it's clear from the outset that Sue Finden is not a writer. She takes the reader round and round in circles trying to explain a point and much of the book seems like filler. Caspers part of the story could have been told in about 50 pages. However instead we have a book that is over 200 pages in very large font size. At one point we hear about the history of Plymouth and what it's like as a town. I'm not interested i The story of Casper is indeed very sweet, especially if you're a cat lover. But it's clear from the outset that Sue Finden is not a writer. She takes the reader round and round in circles trying to explain a point and much of the book seems like filler. Caspers part of the story could have been told in about 50 pages. However instead we have a book that is over 200 pages in very large font size. At one point we hear about the history of Plymouth and what it's like as a town. I'm not interested in Plymouth! I'm interested in the cat! In summary: nice story but needed to be a leaflet, not a book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    This was my "I can't believe we actually voted to leave the EU I need a book about a cat right now so help me god" read. When you want to pretend that people in your country haven't made a stupid decision, reading a book about a cat that goes on bus rides is a pretty good way of escaping reality. It's a bit twee in places. The chapters from the cat's POV were just a bit weird (and don't get me started on the cat heaven rainbow bridge stuff). But, overall, it's a book about a cat who goes on li'l a This was my "I can't believe we actually voted to leave the EU I need a book about a cat right now so help me god" read. When you want to pretend that people in your country haven't made a stupid decision, reading a book about a cat that goes on bus rides is a pretty good way of escaping reality. It's a bit twee in places. The chapters from the cat's POV were just a bit weird (and don't get me started on the cat heaven rainbow bridge stuff). But, overall, it's a book about a cat who goes on li'l adventures and that was just what I needed. Plus, as well as there being several photos of Casper, there are also many photos of Sue Finden's other cats. So that's always great.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Floor Flawless

    It was like I was sitting next to Susan whilst she was telling her story about Casper and all those other cats. I liked it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti

    I loved it! I was glad to know poor Casper died before reading the whole thing, because nothing is worse than not knowing. I liked the author's writing style too, there was plenty of information about Plymouth and her other cats too. Of course there was plenty about Casper too. What a little character! A cat who caught the bus and regularly spent time in doctor's surgeries and chemists, just to be around people. A great example of cat memoir, I was glad to finally track down a copy!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    The beautiful true story of Casper's journey on public transport made me laugh and cry! It is a heartfelt tale of his life and the lives of those he touched. I particularly liked some of letters from those who felt a connection with Casper even after his passing. If you love animals and have experienced a special bond with them, this is a wonderful story that is easily relatable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Barry

    Hmm. I usually like these sorts of books. You know - the ones that tend to follow the Marley & Me formula of "my pet was something special and meant a lot to me and then it died." I like them because it tends to really express a deep fondness for the pet, recounting stories of the pets' adventures and escapades and having had pets who've died it simply resonates. This book is padded out by brief history lessons, transcripts of fawning letters to the author and the odd chapter supposedly written b Hmm. I usually like these sorts of books. You know - the ones that tend to follow the Marley & Me formula of "my pet was something special and meant a lot to me and then it died." I like them because it tends to really express a deep fondness for the pet, recounting stories of the pets' adventures and escapades and having had pets who've died it simply resonates. This book is padded out by brief history lessons, transcripts of fawning letters to the author and the odd chapter supposedly written by the cat. A running thread through the book is the author being concerned that her cat keeps running across the road with no regard to its safety. I can't help but feel unsurprised when the cat gets run over. Another running thread is the author's tendency to move house regularly. Why she doesn't move away from a main road is baffling. Also the (thankfully brief) mentions about pet heaven where they wait for their owners on a rainbow bridge is just weird.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Am I heartless if I criticise this? I hope not. This is a hugely enjoyable, touching story. I loved reading about Casper and his family, and, as a cat-lover, could relate to Casper's story. At one stage, I was in tears, or close to, before my own cat came over for a pat and cheered me up. However, I had a few little niggles. I didn't feel the need for the chapters from Casper's point-of-view, because they often repeated what was said in the previous chapters and felt, to me, like they were tryin Am I heartless if I criticise this? I hope not. This is a hugely enjoyable, touching story. I loved reading about Casper and his family, and, as a cat-lover, could relate to Casper's story. At one stage, I was in tears, or close to, before my own cat came over for a pat and cheered me up. However, I had a few little niggles. I didn't feel the need for the chapters from Casper's point-of-view, because they often repeated what was said in the previous chapters and felt, to me, like they were trying too hard to be funny or cute. There are a lot of transcripts of articles, or transcripts of articles, about Casper, and at times it felt very unnecessary. That said, it's still a book that made me laugh and cry and I would happily recommend to any cat lover. 3.5 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    IronyOnHighHeels

    This is a really lovely story. I would imagine that especially cat lovers will feel drawn to it. Unfortunately I never heard of it through the news when it actually happened. You might have? The only challenge for me was to ignore the fact that some people are just not made to write. More than often I wished the owner of the cat only had told the story to someone who is experienced in writing books instead of her doing it herself. Either way - the latter is my problem. This is definitely a book I This is a really lovely story. I would imagine that especially cat lovers will feel drawn to it. Unfortunately I never heard of it through the news when it actually happened. You might have? The only challenge for me was to ignore the fact that some people are just not made to write. More than often I wished the owner of the cat only had told the story to someone who is experienced in writing books instead of her doing it herself. Either way - the latter is my problem. This is definitely a book I can recommend otherwise.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    the story started in Weymouth, before moving down to Devon, and maybe it was because of the local links in the book (the bus company in Bournemouth is the same, for example) but i felt a real connection. it wasn't written by a professional author, but by a lady who cares for cats, rescues them, writes about their personalities and different characters, and the title cat is truly wonderful ... if you like cats, this book will def make you smile :)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    This book has had me in tears. I've had a lot of tuxedo cats over the years and they all have had big personalities. Casper is another tuxedo with a big personality. His love of being on the buses is adorable. Pictures of Casper are on the bus, are included in the book. My only complaint is that the author did have a habit of going off at a tangent.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    Such an amazing story really enjoyed reading it i would've loved to have known Casper such a gorgeous natured cat, RIP Casper

  12. 4 out of 5

    Annenz

    I loved this book and couldn't put it down. Casper is a wonderful little cat and this book made me both laugh and cry.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chantal

    Had heard about this story and loved the book I got from the thrifstore. It took me a while to finish it because I forgot reading it. I still loved the story of Casper.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Susan Finden's cat Casper became famous world-wide when stories of his daily jaunts on the local bus were published in the media. In this book, Susan tells Casper's story, not just his travelling ways, but also his impact on her life and the lives of other people in the local community. Casper was a rescue cat, Susan and her husband Chris had no idea where he came from. They knew that he was chipped and that the Cat Shelter owners were determined that he would never go back to his original home, Susan Finden's cat Casper became famous world-wide when stories of his daily jaunts on the local bus were published in the media. In this book, Susan tells Casper's story, not just his travelling ways, but also his impact on her life and the lives of other people in the local community. Casper was a rescue cat, Susan and her husband Chris had no idea where he came from. They knew that he was chipped and that the Cat Shelter owners were determined that he would never go back to his original home, but they did not know the details. Susan and Chris already had cats and offered Casper a loving home. Casper was never frightened of vehicles, or the road, or people and gave Susan many worrying hours when he would disappear for hours on end, only to return unharmed to devour some of his favourite turkey roll. Susan began to suspect that Casper was a little bit different from other cats when she came across him curled up on a chair in the local doctor's waiting room. When, a few days later, she boarded the local bus only to find Casper already on board did she begin to learn the full story of just what Casper was getting up to. And so the story unfolds. Susan writes this story with warmth, love and humour. It is clear that all of her cats, not just Casper are very dear to here. She tells how she has always kept cats, since she was a small child and how they have helped her through many events in her life. Susan also talks about other famous wandering cats in the world and some of these stories are pretty heartbreaking. Dotted throughout the book are chapters narrated by Casper. These are great and I especially liked Casper's advice to other cats on how to get out of the house without their 'person' noticing. He advises that they should do this whilst their person is tending to their 'head fur' or 'drawing on their face'. Any cat lover, indeed any animal lover or person with a heart will enjoy this gorgeous book, although have a full box of tissues to hand by the end. Casper has lots of presence on YouTube, one example is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEv032... He also has a Facebook Tribute page : http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    The heartwarming and tearjerking tale of a fluffy black and white rescue cat called Casper and his many adventures after being given a forever home by the lovely Susan. He hit the headlines in the UK and across the world when it was found he was going for trips out on the bus, but his story starts long before then when Susan took him into her home to join the rest of her furry family. I'd liken this book to Dewey: The Library Cat because of the many lives Casper touched and the joy he brought to The heartwarming and tearjerking tale of a fluffy black and white rescue cat called Casper and his many adventures after being given a forever home by the lovely Susan. He hit the headlines in the UK and across the world when it was found he was going for trips out on the bus, but his story starts long before then when Susan took him into her home to join the rest of her furry family. I'd liken this book to Dewey: The Library Cat because of the many lives Casper touched and the joy he brought to many people in the different places he lived. This book will make you smile and make you cry and if you own a cat or cats of your own will make you think twice about what they might be getting up to when they do a disappearing act. I loved it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Masha

    I loved this book so much! It reminded me of my own dear cat that passed away some time ago and was also a personality. She'd been living with us for 17 years and used to be always around when I needed her. She was such a loving cat. I've also remembered her mom, that was one we'd picked from the street as a kitten. She had such a stong and independent character and often went out for several days. Once we've found her dead. There were no signes and we don't really know what had happened to her. I loved this book so much! It reminded me of my own dear cat that passed away some time ago and was also a personality. She'd been living with us for 17 years and used to be always around when I needed her. She was such a loving cat. I've also remembered her mom, that was one we'd picked from the street as a kitten. She had such a stong and independent character and often went out for several days. Once we've found her dead. There were no signes and we don't really know what had happened to her. I remembered another my cat too, who was hit by a car like Casper from the book. Whatever you story might be, you will revive it during the reading and will see what incredible creatures are cats. They are always with us to support us when we need it most.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lazy Cornish Cat

    A sweet book that I have finally got round to reading. I liked the chapters from Casper's point of view. They sum up perfectly what our furry friends must think of us! I live near Plymouth so was rather intrigued when Casper made the headlines and although I sometimes got the First number 3 bus, I never got to meet him. It was nice to read and learn more about Casper and I really felt for Sue when she wrote about the knock on the door that morning. It was more sad than I was expecting. Not the best A sweet book that I have finally got round to reading. I liked the chapters from Casper's point of view. They sum up perfectly what our furry friends must think of us! I live near Plymouth so was rather intrigued when Casper made the headlines and although I sometimes got the First number 3 bus, I never got to meet him. It was nice to read and learn more about Casper and I really felt for Sue when she wrote about the knock on the door that morning. It was more sad than I was expecting. Not the best book to read in a public place! Overall though, a sweet easy read although make sure you have a box of tissues handy. The tit-bits about Plymouth were a nice addition.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jillian

    The genre of this book is non-fiction. This book is about her cat who has attracted worldwide medias attention when he became a regular bus commuter. I rated the book star because I love reading about cats and all types of animals but I feel that children love when I read them books about different types of animals and they are always interested in real life animals as well. The plot and the characters give this book life and it makes the reader more interested. If the book was just about a pers The genre of this book is non-fiction. This book is about her cat who has attracted worldwide medias attention when he became a regular bus commuter. I rated the book star because I love reading about cats and all types of animals but I feel that children love when I read them books about different types of animals and they are always interested in real life animals as well. The plot and the characters give this book life and it makes the reader more interested. If the book was just about a person commuting places it would not be that interesting to read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kirstina Bond

    This was a beautiful and heart-warming tale of Casper the cat who loved to travel daily on a bus in Plymouth, UK. Reading about his travels put a smile on my face, and although there were sad times in the book, primarily the loss of Casper, it gave me a deeper insight into the mind of a cat. Highly recommended read for any animal lover.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    Casper the commuting cat was a lovely book. I loved the way the author included a few chapters written by Casper. As a fellow cat lover I could imagine my cat, Zoey,thinking the same things as Casper. I can just imagine the joy that Casper bought to the other commuters, drivers and of course everyone who has got to know him through his "five minutes of fame." What a delight.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beachcomber

    Nice enough, but felt full of filler. Stories about other cats she and her husband had owned, how she came to have cats, lots of transcripts of letters received, chapters "from the cat", etc. A short tale padded into a longer one (still only maybe 230ish pages) - the publishers probably wanted to cash in on the whole "special pet" thing since Marley & Me. Nice enough, but felt full of filler. Stories about other cats she and her husband had owned, how she came to have cats, lots of transcripts of letters received, chapters "from the cat", etc. A short tale padded into a longer one (still only maybe 230ish pages) - the publishers probably wanted to cash in on the whole "special pet" thing since Marley & Me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Riem

    What I was expecting is not what I got. I suppose the story of a cat that rides the bus, politely queueing up with other travellers, is cutesy-pie, but how to cobble some ideas together into some sort of literature-now that is the thing.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

    Touching yet heart warming read, I had never heard of Casper's tales before but thanks to a friend who reviewed the book sometime ago I bought it and was not disappointed. Did make me think of our family pet Spot the cat I had as a teenager. Tissues at the ready if you are going to read this!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Really good book! There are five (5) cats in our home and three (3) of them are rescue cats. I can relate to the joy and sadness that the author feels about her cats, and especially Casper. It is an honor when cats select us as their companions.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marie’s Book Boutique

    This is a heartwarming story of a cat that commutes on a Plymouth No3 bus countless times and became a celebrity world wide. Sad how it ends and makes you think of your cats (pets) and how much they bring you joy. So well written.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Saxonjus

    I loved the story of Bob the street cat so wanted to try Casper! Oh dear it didn't feel like a book at all more a collection of diary notes just stuck together.As someone else advised a poorly written book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alyson

    Clearly the author is a cat lover who would do anything for felines anywhere. However she isn't a writer and the story of Casper while central to the book actually takes up very little space as she goes round in circles explaining a point. This is really a newspaper article stretched into a book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This was a very good short read. The photos at the end were lovely.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I loved this book so much it was such a heart-warming book to read. I really recommend it 10/10

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I really enjoyed this book but it made me cry a lot!!

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