Written by: Anastasia Qarawani, Illustrated by: Maja Kastelic,


Life surprises us sometimes by the sudden and unexpected absence of loved ones. Koozy the cat suddenly disappears from the life of her young friend. He feels sadness and pain at her absence and tries to understand why his beloved Koozy disappeared and where she may have gone. Will the young boy be able to come to terms with her loss?

Parent/Teacher Guide

One day Koozy the pet cat disappears. Her young friend does not know where she went. He feels lost and sad. He misses her terribly for her constant presence made him feel safe especially at night. Everywhere he looks, he is reminded of her.
This story deals with the loss of a loved one and how children come to terms with it.
This is a hard subject to tackle and sometimes the best way is through a story. Children are sensitive and react strongly to the loss of a pet or even a toy.A story gives them the chance to voice their feelings and try to make sense of that loss. Sometimes kids blame themselves for the loss thinking that maybe it was something they did or did not do that made the loved one disappear from their lives. A story gives them the chance to safely discuss this and realize that others have gone through the same experience and share their sense of loss. The story also suggests different ways people cope with loss.


2018 Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature, best production


ArabKidLitNow recommends Koozy (كوزي), which was shortlisted for the 2018 Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature in three categories (best book, best illustrations, best production) and won the “best production” prize.

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Additional information
ISBN 9789957040970
Binding Hard Cover
Pages 32
Age Range 3+
Year of Publication 2018
Weight 0.398 kg
Dimensions 21 × 27 cm


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About the Author: Anastasia Qarawani

Anastasia Qarawani is a freelance writer and illustrator. She studied English Language and Literature at Arab American University, then pursued her MA degree in Intercultural Communication and Literature. She has been writing stories since early childhood, and she always had a dream of becoming a writer. In 2012, she wrote and illustrated a children book that won “Al Awda” annual award in Palestine. Since then, she has illustrated several books. As writer, she tries to touch upon sensitive issues that a child can relate to, which can help him to develop and discover his self-identity.

About the Illustrator: Maja Kastelic

Maja Kastelic is a freelance author and illustrator. She is the author of awarded silent book A Boy and a House. She studied Painting at the Academy of fine arts and design in Ljubljana (BA) and Philosophy and Theory of Visual Culture at the Faculty of Humanities in Koper (MA). She began working in the field of illustration in 2012 and was since awarded with Hinko Smrekar acknowledgment (2012) and Hinko Smrekar plaquette (2014), both at Slovenian Biennial of Illustration, best Slovenian Picturebook award and Levstik’s Prize for best illustration (both 2015), IBBY Honor list. Her work was selected for Bologna Illustrators exhibiton (2015) and was A White Raven (2015, 2016). She lives in Trebnje, Slovenia.