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I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots. Her coat is of the tabby kind, with tiger stripes and leopard spots. All day she sits upon the stair or on the steps or on the mat: She sits and sits and sits and sits - and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat! But the Old Gumbie Cat gets busy at the end of the day, teaching and cooking, and getting the mice, cockroaches and beetles organised! The sixth gorgeous Cats picture book with lively and colourful illustrations by Arthur Robins.
I once was a Pirate what sailed the 'igh seas- But now I've retired as a com-mission-aire: And that's how you find me a-takin' my ease And keepin' the door in a Bloomsbury Square. Join Cat Morgan, the swashbuckling pirate as he sails the Barbary Coast in this sixth picture book pairing from Arthur Robins and T. S. Eliot's Old Possum Cats.
Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer were a very notorious couple of cats. As knockabout clowns, quick-change comedians, tight-rope walkers and acrobats. And when you heard a dining-room smash Then the family would say: 'It's that horrible cat! It was Mungojerrie! and Rumpelteazer!' - And there's nothing at all to be done about that! Join the cat-burglars Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer in the fifth picture-book pairing from Arthur Robins and T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's cats, as they steal meat from the oven and pearls from the drawers.
Young readers will love searching for the mischievous, mystery cat Macavity as they peek under the flaps to hunt for the cat who’s never there, following the clues until they discover the feisty feline himself. In Faber’s first lift-the-flap book, the beloved Macavity the Mystery Cat gets a brand new adventure. Macavity's a ginger cat, he's very tall and thin; You would know him if you saw him, for his eyes are sunken in. He's ... Uh oh! Macavity's not there! Inspired by Eliot's classic, unforgettable rhyme and with wonderful illustrations by cartoonist and illustrator Arthur Robins, Macavity's not there! will be a delight to share and explore.
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2017 T.S Eliot’s best-loved verses, originally published in an anthology, work brilliantly singly in this attractive series of picture books. In Jellicle Cats Arthur Robins captures the wit of the delightful nonsense at the heart of The Song of the Jellicles. How the Jellicle Cats celebrate at the Jellicle Ball when the Jellicle Moon comes out is delightfully demonstrated in his exuberant line illustrations. ~ Julia Eccleshare Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for March 2017 Jellicle Cats by T.S. Eliot and Arthur Robins William Bee's Wonderful World of Trucks by William Bee The Story of the Dancing Frog by Quentin Blake George's Marvellous Experiments inspired by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake My Name is Victoria by Lucy Worsley Many Moons by Remi Courgeon Freddie Mole, Lion Tamer by Alexanda McCall Smith Black Cats and Butlers by Janine Beacham Triangle by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
Arthur Robins’s scratchy illustrations are full of humour and he’s proving to be the perfect partner for T.S. Eliot. Skimbleshanks is the third of the Old Possum poems Robins has illustrated and it’s another rousing success. The world Eliot describes might be long gone, but Robins makes it totally friendly and recognisable to children. Skimbleshanks the railway cat looks wonderful in his railwayman’s uniform, exuding just the right amount of benevolence and bossiness, and Robins has fun with the other characters too, choosing to make the passenger preparing for bed a little old lady, and adding a carriage of rowdy dogs – Skimbleshanks confiscates their football! A delightful picture book in its own right, and a great way to introduce young children to great poetry, they’ll soon be reciting the verse with you. ~ Andrea Reece
With magic tricks, incredible illusions and astonishing spectacles, both old and new fans will adore meeting the conjuring cat, Mr Mistoffelees, the second of the Old Possum's illustrated picture books. Arthur Robins brings this magical cat bursting to life. A perfect starter picture book to the wondrous stories to be found in the original Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. The picture books taken from Old Possum's Cats include - Macavity!Mr Mistoffelees The Conjuring CatSkimbleshanks The Railway Cat
Shortlisted for The Bookseller's Book of the Year The slippery exploits of Macavity, just one of the much-loved cats from the classic Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, is vividly captured in the cheerful illustrations in this picture-book version. ~ Julia Eccleshare
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