The Cat Who Came in off the Roof by Annie Schmidt

The Cat Who Came in off the Roof

Written by Annie Schmidt
Illustrated by Nathan Burton

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A hilarious, charming story of cats, dogs, and learning to dare. Tibble is a reporter. He only ever writes about cats, and he's about to be fired. Minou is a young woman who has moved into Tibble's flat. She hates dogs, likes rooftops, loves the fishmonger, and happens to have been, until very recently, a cat. With her feline friends listening out for all the local human news, is Minou the answer to all Tibble's problems-or just the beginning of them?

A Piece of Passion from Daniel Seton, Pushkin Children’s Books This is a book that is simply overflowing with charm, fun and good-humour. Not to mention cats! The author is known as the Queen of Dutch Children’s Literature and this was her favourite of her books—and I’m not surprised. It’s a funny, smart, heartwarming joy to read.


The Cat Who Came in off the Roof by Annie Schmidt

The likeable Mr Tibble is a good and kind man, but seems to lack the killer instinct to succeed at his job as a reporter on the town newspaper, where the editor is growing dissatisfied with his endless articles about the local cat population.

Minou is a cat…or at least she was until some freak of chance changed her into a young woman, albeit a young woman who loves purring, scratching, tree-climbing and other typically catlike pursuits. When Tibble rescues Minou from an angry dog, and invites her in for a saucer of milk, both their lives are transformed. Minou exploits the feline grapevine to provide Tibble with inside information on the town’s goings-on, and his career begins to take off.

But when he decides to confront a powerful local businessman on behalf of the cat community his newfound confidence and determination is put to the

Translated from the Dutch by David Colmer. David Colmer has won several international awards for his translations of Dutch and Flemish novels, poetry and children's books. He has translated much of Annie M.G. Schmidt's work.


'My find of the year to date...both a rousing story about how to be brave and a captivating defence of the virtues of the cat' Lorna Bradbury, Daily Telegraph

'A big, unexpected hit...The beauty here is the writing itself' Daily Telegraph

'To discover Annie MG Schmidt is to feel like the cat who got the cream - and the salmon fillet...Guaranteed to make anyone 7-plus to 107 who likes to curl up with a book and a cat purr with pleasure.' Alex O'Connell, The Times

'Enchanting ...Amusing and uplifting.' Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

'This story is a gift to the English language and a reminder that we should not forget the wealth of tales written abroad' We Love this Book

'A funny and yet quietly profound tale of courage, friendship and what it really means to be human...The narrative beautifully unfolds with unseen and fine tuning, climaxing with an exciting and rich ending which is deeply satisfying' Playing by the Book

'A humorous, surreal and satisfying story with an old fashioned feel' Book Trust Books We Like

'Annie is not a writer, she's a miracle!' Guus Kiijer

'Books of this quality are a rare thing' NRC Handelsblad

About the Author

Annie Schmidt

Born in 1911, Annie M.G. Schmidt wrote stories for her own amusement throughout her childhood, and worked as a librarian. By her death in 1995, she was regarded as the Queen of Dutch Children's Literature. She won numerous awards including the1989 Hans Christian Andersen Award. Astrid Lindgren presented her the award with the words: Annie, I love you so much, where have you been all my life? Schmidt is now in the Canon of Dutch History taught to Dutch schoolchildren, alongside Spinoza, Anne Frank and Vincent van Gogh.

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160 pages


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Publication date

18th February 2016




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Pushkin Children's Books is an imprint of Pushkin Children's Books


Pushkin Children's Books was launched in 2013 to share tales from different languages and cultures with younger readers, and to open the door to the wide, colourful worlds these stories offer. From picture books and adventure stories to fairy tales and classics, and from fifty-year-old bestsellers to current huge successes abroad, the books on the Pushkin Childrens list reflect the very best stories from around the world, for our most discerning readers of all: children. Twitter @PushkinPress

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