Tibs the Post Office Cat by Joyce Dunbar

Tibs the Post Office Cat

Written by Joyce Dunbar
Illustrated by Claire Fletcher

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Tibs the legendary Post Office mouser is the hero of this story. He’s adopted by the sorters at Mount Pleasant to deal with the mice that are nibbling the mail, just like the real life Tibs, but here Joyce Dunbar lets her imagination take over: Tibs, lonely and missing his mum, makes friends with the mice rather than eating them, and soon they are willingly helping him keep the Post Office spic and span. Once the building is spotless there’s more excitement as the head postmaster prepares for a visit from Princess Elizabeth. The story is full of incident and the details both in the text and the illustrations will delight children. Tibs is a lively presence in Claire Fletcher’s gorgeous illustrations and the mice scamper across the pages with real glee. ~ Andrea Reece


Tibs the Post Office Cat by Joyce Dunbar

Meet Tibs, son of Toodle, son of Tiddles, son of Toby. A trusted employee of the Post Office. Tibs is paid 2s 6d a week to catch mice but he prefers making friends with them!

There was trouble at the Post Office: holes in the mails sacks! Letters torn to shreds! Stamps licked through to the glue! When the postmaster discovers that mice are to blame, he decides to employ a brave new cat to sort them out. Tibs comes from a long line of Post Office cats, so his new career should be a piece of cake, except that instead of catching the mice, Tibs would rather make friends with them! Can Tibs teach them how to tidy up, instead of nibbling the post, and will he be able to deliver the reward that he promised? Soon, these unlikely friends are on an adventure that takes them down to the underground Mail Rail where, together, Tibs and the mice find themselves catching more than they bargained for!

This charming story based on the life of a real cat called Tibs who was employed by Post Office in the 1950s to catch mice, earning a tidy sum of 2s 6d a week for his dedicated service. With a career spanning 14 years, the real Tibs became a Post Office celebrity.

Featuring a cast of warm and loveable characters, this book will have children captivated by a nostalgic world of stamps, letters and underground mail trains.


'Full of likeable characters, this is a gentle story which will be read again and again.' * Armadillo * 'A really delightful story.' * Juno * 'There is a charmingly old-fashioned feel to this true story of Tibs, the post office cat from the Sorting Office in Mount Pleasant .' * Angels & Urchins magazine * `A superbly evocative book which takes you right back into a nostalgic world of stamps, letters and underground mail trains - perfect for grandparents to share with their grandchildren.' --Parents In Touch * Parents In Touch *'

About the Author

Joyce Dunbar

Joyce Dunbar was born and brought up in Lincolnshire. She taught English for 20 years before becoming a full-time writer. Her books for children include This is the Star, which became a world-wide best-seller, and Mundo and the Weatherchild, which was runner-up for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. The popular Mouse and Mole series has been animated for television with the voices of Alan Bennett and Richard Briers. She lives in Norwich.

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32 pages


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words & pictures an imprint of Aurum Press Ltd

Publication date

20th April 2017




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