Fred by Posy Simmonds


Written by Posy Simmonds

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Award-winning illustrator and commentator Posy Simmonds is brilliantly entertaining in this touching story about the death of a pet. Sophie and Nick love their cat Fred very much. They and all the neighbours remember him fondly as one of the laziest cats in the world. Now he’s died and Nick and Sophie discover there is a whole other side to their beloved cat. Far from sleeping all the time, it turns out that he is one of the most famous cats in the world! That night, as all the cat’s in the neighbourhood come out to give Fred a rousing send off, Nick and Sophie learn the true story of their beloved pet.


Fred by Posy Simmonds

Fred's owners, Sophie and Nick think he is the laziest cat in the world, but who knows what goes on after dark? It's only after their beloved pet dies, that they discovers he has been leading an exciting double life...


An offbeat book, with droll humor and silly good fun in both dialogue and illustrations (the top-hatted feline mourners are a particular treat). At the same time, it bears witness to the comfort to be had through the sharing of sorrow and reminiscence. --Publishers Weekly

Enchanting, an instant classic Sunday Telegraph

Fred is pure delight Guardian

This is a glorious, cheering read about two children trying to come to terms with the death of their pet cat - who had a secret life as a popstar - Junior

About the Author

Posy Simmonds

Posy Simmonds is the author of many books for adults and children, including Gemma Bovery, Lulu and the Flying Babies and Fred, the film of which was nominated for an Oscar. She has contributed a series of weekly cartoon strips to the Guardian since 1977, and has won international awards for her work, inlcuding the Grand Prix 2009 de la Critique Bande Dessiné for Tamara Drewe.

She lives in London.

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

6th February 2014




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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