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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Written by T. S. Eliot

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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These classic cat poems which sum up all the different kinds of cats there can be are given a delightful new look by bestselling Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Scheffler’s cats are cuddly creatures with expressive eyes through which the cats convey the hilarity and nonsense of T S Eliot’s verses.

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Synopsis

Cats! Some are sane, some are mad and some are good and some are bad. Meet magical Mr Mistoffelees, sleepy Old Deuteronomy and curious Rum Tum Tugger. But you'll be lucky to meet Macavity because Macavity's not there!

In 1925 T.S. Eliot became co-director of Faber and Faber, who remain his publishers to this day. Throughout the 1930s he composed the now famous poems about Macavity, Old Deuteronomy, Mr Mistoffelees and many other cats, under the name of 'Old Possum'. In 1981 Eliot's poems were set to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber as Cats which went on to become the longest-running Broadway musical in history.

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Press Reviews

If cats, witchy or not, are your child's thing don't miss the new Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. He captures the quirky soleminity of T.S.Eliot's classic in just a way to make 5+ readers fall in love with it. Times

These classic cat poems which sum up all the different kinds of cats there can be are given a delightful new look by bestselling Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Scheffler's cats are cuddly creatures with expressive eyes through which the cats convey the hilarity and nonsense of T S Eliot's verses. -- Julia Eccleshare Lovereading.co.uk

A lovely edition of an old favourite ... it will be enjoyed again and again. Carousel

This beautifully produced book should be introduced to every child and ought to be in every classroom for children to discover.' Scholastic: Read Me

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ISBN: 9780571321261
Publication date: 06/08/2015
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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ISBN: 9780571302284
Publication date: 05/09/2013
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Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571302284
Publication date: 5th September 2013
Author: T. S. Eliot
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber and Faber
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 72 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Poetry
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Audio Books, Classics

About T. S. Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, of an old New England family. He was educated at Harvard and did graduate work in philosophy at the Sorbonne, Harvard, and Merton College, Oxford. He settled in England in 1915, where he was for a time a schoolmaster and a bank clerk, and eventually literary editor for the publishing house Faber & Faber, of which he later became a director. He published his first book of poems in 1917. He founded and, during the seventeen years of its publication (1922-1939), edited the exclusive and influential literary journal Criterion. In 1927, Eliot became ...

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