Skip to main content
Cat seeks home

A House for Harry

Leo Timmers

Harry, a rather plump cat, wants to play tag with Vera, a playful butterfly. He follows her out of the window onto the roofs, but soon loses her and also his way home. Harry goes in search of a new house. He finds low houses (a centipede’s den), high houses (a branch that can’t bear his weight) and houses that are already occupied (a dog’s kennel). Finally he ends up in a terraced house (a rubbish bin), where all of the neighbours are also cats. They know where Vera is!

Timmers’ trusted signature is a guarantee of quality ****

Leo Timmers shows off his best side in this cheery story about a scared cat. He gives form to Harry’s quest with beautiful compositions and a relatively subdued colour palette. Timmers paints the fearful Harry and his unfamiliar surroundings in his unique style, with precise details. While he at first restricts himself to darker colours to render the rainy city, the book bursts into colour when Vera and her multi-coloured fellows fly up from a butterfly-bush. A new highpoint in Timmers’ exceptional oeuvre.

Magnificent. One of the most important picture book makers we have
Dutch author Edward van de Vendel
All of his books are a feast to read and look at together
de Volkskrant