Karen Hesse has written and Wendy Watson has illustrated a wonderful book based on a true story. Ms. Hesse mentioned in the Author’s Note that in 2001 she came across a short article about cats outfoxing the Gestapo at the train station in Warsaw during World War II. In this particular book, The Cats in Karsinski Square, Resistance fighters were bringing food into the Ghetto and the Germans found out about it. There with their dogs, the Gestapo was ready to make arrests. However, other Resistance let cats loose in the station, diverting the attention of the dogs. So simple, yet so effective.
The Cats in Krasinski Square is a straightforward story well worth the short time it will take to read. It is up to the standards we expect from Karen Hesse.