Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat

By Andrew Wilson, Illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia

Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat

By Andrew Wilson, Illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia

This book, meant to be read aloud to children ages 4–7, communicates rich theology to a young audience through a conversation between a guilty child and a talking cat. Sophie, a little girl upset after disobeying her parents, learns the basics of the gospel of grace from her neighbor’s cat through a conversation based on the first question and answer of the Heidelberg Catechism: What is your only comfort in life and in death? That I am not my own, but belong . . . to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. Interweaving accessible truths with whimsical illustrations and engaging rhymes, this book will help children and parents alike understand grace in a fresh way.


Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson (PhD, King's College London) is the teaching pastor at King's Church London and a columnist for Christianity Today. He is the author of several books, including Unbreakable and The Life We Never Expected (with his wife, Rachel).


Helena Perez Garcia is a London-based illustrator who specializes in portraits, editorial illustration, and book illustration. Her work is inspired by art, literature, and films, and has been featured by publishing houses, publications, and newspapers, such as Penguin Random House and BuzzFeed.

Product Details

Title: Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat
Published: September 03, 2019
ISBN-10: 1-4335-6418-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-6418-5
Category: Children & Youth
Retail Price: $12.99
Binding: Hardcover w/ Jacket
Trim: 8.5 in x 8.5 in
Page Count: 36


“I think kids of all ages will enjoy the intriguing dialogue between Sophie and her neighbor’s cat. It gives parents a lot to think about, too. Even better— everyone will remember the most comforting, time-tested answer to the question of all questions: What is your only comfort in life and in death?
Gloria Furman, author, Missional Motherhood and The Pastor’s Wife

“Outstanding! A beautifully written and illustrated book. Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat engages the youngest child with its splendid color and images. Written in poetic style, the dialogue between Sophie and the cat visualizes for little ones what guilt, forgiveness, and hope in Christ look like. Our six-year-old was simply riveted.”
David and Shona Murray, authors, Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands