The Truck Cat

Deborah Frenkel, Danny Snell (illus.)

The Truck Cat
Hardie Grant Children's Publishing
1 May 2024

The Truck Cat

Deborah Frenkel, Danny Snell (illus.)

With illustrations by multi-award-winning artist Danny Snell and words by acclaimed new writer Deborah Frenkel, The Truck Cat is the perfect book to inspire kindness and compassion in young children everywhere.

Some cats are house cats. Some are apartment cats.
But Tinka is a truck cat. Tinka lives everywhere.

Along with his human, Yacoub, Tinka travels roads wide and narrow, near and distant. But no matter how much they travel, home feels very far away – for both of them. 

Yacoub drives his truck to make a living, learning the landscape of a new country along the way, and longing for connection. When Tinka and Yacoub are unexpectedly separated, they are determined to find their way back to each other – and, in doing so, might find more than they expected …


The first time I read this picture book, I read it out loud to my cat. She has never been in a truck, and she slept through the whole thing, but I could tell she appreciated the wonderful cadence of Deborah Frenkel’s words. Tinka the truck cat lives all over Australia, ‘in depots dancing with dragonflies’, as he travels in the cabin of an enormous truck that belongs to his owner, Yacoub.

The second time I read this picture book, I read it out loud to my mum. She has also never been in a truck, but she did not sleep though the story. Like Yacoub, my mother’s family came from another country, and the concept of home was a complicated one. When Tinka accidently leads Yacoub to a new family, our hearts were full. Who knew so much love could be encapsulated in only 30 pages?!

A picture book for all ages, and for everyone, human or feline.

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