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Harvey and the Collection of Impossible Things

Updated: Mar 30, 2022

By Garret Weyr

A Captivating and Thought-provoking Story



Harvey is a gray-striped street cat who lives in a big city all by himself under the great big blue sky. The sky is his favorite part about being a city cat. He searches for food and safety every day among the city’s dumpsters and drainpipes. He doesn’t believe he is either brave or fierce, but each day he has to battle with territorial animals, fast-moving cars, and boys with sticks. It takes a lot of courage to live on the streets.

When Harvey meets a kind lady in a blue shirt who makes a safe space for him, he must rethink his idea of home. Harvey’s friends, Chester the Dog, and three sparrows, Flippy, Mippy, and Kippy, help him learn that trusting and helping others is the bravest thing you can do.


Harvey and the Collection of Impossible Things is a delightful middle-grade children’s story of bravery and helpfulness. The writing is captivating and thought-provoking. Harvey’s experiences are the same as the many homeless cats on the streets today.

Kids and their parents will fall in love with Harvey and his humble manner. Harvey is polite, clean, and thoughtful. My favorite parts of the book are the conversations between Harvey and Chester. Chester is indeed a wise soul, and he gives excellent advice.

Author Garret Weyr is the author of eight previous novels, including The Language of Spells. The illustrator is Minnie Phan. Both Weyr and Phan live in California. Thanks to Chronicle Books and Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Chronicle Books

Published April 19, 2022

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