​Here is a modern-day parable of a modern-day cat with modern-day attitudes. Riverboat Dan is a "cool" cat on a perpetual vacation from responsibility. He's "The Cat on the Catamaran" - sailing down the river of life. Dan keeps his guilty conscience from interfering with his fun until he runs into trouble during the season of Christmas. But will he have the courage to believe that it's never too late to change course?
This Christmas tale is told in 40 rhyming verses of 4 lines each and has 18 full-color illustrations. Two shorter poems, "A Young Person's Guide to Cats and Dogs" and "Voices From the Ark" complete this delightful book for young and old to be enjoyed throughout the year.

This book is a joy, and as companionable as a good-natured cat."
Walter Hooper, author of C.S. Lewis: Companion and Guide.
"Cat lovers and poetry lovers alike will enjoy this whimsical story about Riverboat Dan, a philosophical cat in search of meaning"
Regina Doman, author of Angel in the Waters
"An excellent guide to ponder the meaning of the incarnation and prepare for the celebration of Christmas."

​The Reverend Canon Douglas R. Sherman Jr. 
​​St. James Anglican Church, Pittsburgh

About the Author
John Martin has been a newspaper reporter, speech writer, English teacher, and friend and patron of cats. His poems and essays have appeared in First Things, The Sewanee Review, The Christian Century, ​The Wallace Stevens Journal, Chronicles, and The Chesterton Review.
The Cat on the Catamaran: A Christmas Tale
Also for the Christmas Season:
Open Before Christmas​
John Martin