BookREview_JUNEIggy the Train Cat

By Mary Mac

Long Island is full of stray cats, but it’s unlikely any of them are as personable as this guy.

Iggy is an adorable little cinnamon-colored cat who calls the Long Island Rail Road his home. This train cat has emerald eyes and a heart-shaped birthmark on his rump and is well-known by commuters who frequent the Kew Gardens station.

Written by Babylon Village native and St. John the Baptist High School alum Mary Mac, this is the first in a new children’s book series published on Kindle in honor of National Pet Adoption Weekend. An independent cat, Iggy makes friends with everyone and he is taken care of by commuters on their way to work. But then Iggy goes missing.

This heartwarming tale shows just how much the community cares for Iggy. This is the first book of its kind for Mac, who lived the majority of her life in New York City and on LI. She has spent her career assisting children and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one and, until now, has primarily written for that audience.

Part of the proceeds of this and future Iggy books will be donated to the organization she created—The Foundation for Grieving Children, Inc.


Iggy’s illustrator, Thomas Barnett, is a cartoonist and illustrator who was influenced by Charles Schultz and the Peanuts comic strip. His comic strip “The Lil Miesters” appears daily online at

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