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Author: Meg Wiviott Narrator: Susie Berneis Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781633799271
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Benno was the neighborhood’s favorite cat.

During the week, he napped in a sunny corner of Mitzi Stein’s dress shop and begged scraps from Moshe the butcher. He spent Shabbat evenings with Sophie Adler’s family in apartment 3B.

But one night the Nazis came to Berlin. Windows were shattered, books were burned, and Benno’s Jewish friends disappeared. Life would never be the same.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A unique view of Kristallnacht and the time leading up to it…Not a watered down view of the Night of Broken Glass but rather an alternate, impartial view, similar to what a child or innocent observer might have seen and felt.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “This gentle perspective makes the subject matter more approachable for discussion with young audiences…This production is valuable as a jumping-off point for introducing Kristallnacht to students, and the cat’s limited perspective allows teachers to fill in gaps.”

    School Library Journal

  • “It is not easy to tell young kids the horrifying truth about the Holocaust, but this picture book is a good place to start.”


  • “Told with minimal details that keep strictly to the cat’s level of understanding—it’s up to readers and their grown-ups to fill in the gaps, aided by an that provides background to the topic and grist for discussion.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrated by Susie Berneis, the book opens and closes with piano music. Liberal use of sound effects such as crackling fire, city traffic, and crashing glass add to the intensity and forward motion of the book…Berneis’ careful, slow reading pace reflects Benno’s observing of his world as it changes. She quickens her pace and pitch slightly as the drama of the attack on Jews occurs, returning to an eerie calm of the new normal life after. Verdict: This work provides a gentle overview and entry to discuss the start of the Holocaust with children.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Gentle and evenly voiced Susie Berneis narrates the story of Benno the cat…Throughout, Berneis’ voice is as quiet as the cat’s paws—no raised pitch and no tone of alarm in her voice. Her pace slows such that listeners have time to question why such strange events would be happening—books burned, windows broken, people hurrying along with down-turned eyes, some stores open and some not. Adults will need to listen with children so that a discussion can be started about Benno, his world, and Kristallnacht.”


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About the Author

Meg Wiviott graduated from the MFA program in writing for children and young adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. When her children were born, she rediscovered the wonders of children’s literature and started writing picture books. When she is not writing, she can be found reading or doing needlepoint. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and cat.

About the Narrator

Susie Berneis is a professional voice-over artist. She has a BA in English and theater from the University of Michigan and more than twenty years of community theater experience. Her audiobook narrations include The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes, which won an AudioFile Earphones Award in 2014.