Ethan And The Strays Have Left Pawprints on Story Time

Ethan and the Strays is PPUURRFFEECCTT for the animal lover in your home. Heartwarming and educational picture book that will become a fast favorite in any home.
~ Momma Braga


On the way to school, Ethan notices some stray kittens in the alleyway. He wants to look after them, but his dad has a strict no-pet policy. Still, with the help of his older brother, Ethan does what he can to rescue the kittens and realizes that caring for something else can bring great joy. This hopeful story is based on the author’s real-life experiences rescuing stray animals.



Ethan and the Strays has captured our hearts with this sweet story of rescuing stray animals. Ethan is truly a hero as he thinks about the overall safety of the stray cats. He takes it a step further with putting his wonder into action and we absolutely love that!

Pets are an important family member in a home and offers children valuable life lessons. Even though not every family is able to take on the responsibility of a fur baby; however, learning how you can help by caring for cats without homes is an amazing life lesson for all. We love how this book offers  examples of how anyone can help.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give Ethan and the Strays 5 meows out of 5! The story and illustrations were done with a lot of thought and heart. It wasn’t hard to fall in love with Ethan and his beautiful heart. We also absolutely adored the educational piece on the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program as many people do not know about this program. A must read story!

This book was so cute and I loved how one of the kittens ended up getting adopted. That was my favorite part. ~ Nikki, Age 9

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About the Author

John Sullivan received the Ezra Jack Keats Award and Margaret Wise Brown Prize for his debut picture book Kitten and the Night Watchman, also named a best book of the year by The Boston GlobeKirkus ReviewsPublishers Weekly, and BookPage. He is also the author of Ethan and the Strays and Stanley’s Secret. John is a cat lover and tap dancer who formerly worked as a night watchman. He lives in Chicago. Visit John at

About the Illustrator

Hatem Aly is an Egyptian-born illustrator who currently lives in beautiful New Brunswick, Canada, with his wife, son, and more pets than people. He has illustrated many books for young people that earned multiple starred reviews and positions on the New York Times bestseller list including The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S. K. Ali, In My Mosque by M. O. Yuksel, the Newbery Honor winner The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz, The Unicorn Rescue Society series also by Adam Gidwitz with several amazing coauthors, Meet Yasmin by Saadia Faruqi, Raj’s Rule (for the Bathroom at School) with Lana Button, How to Feed Your Parents by Ryan Miller, and Ethan and the Strays by John Sullivan. He has more upcoming books and projects in the works. You can find him online @MetaHatem or

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

~ Momma Braga

*Amazon affiliation links are included in this post. This book was sent in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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