Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Illustrated Edition Paperback – Aug 30 1982
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From Library Journal
This is an absolutely marvelous rendition of Eliot's poetic classic, written for his godchildren and friends in the 1930s, which inspired the Broadway musical Cats. The tales of Mr. Mistoffelees the trickmaster, old Deuteronomy, a laid-back cat, Rum Tum Tugger, a contrary cat, and Macavity, the famous master criminal, are dramatized by Richard Briers, Alan Cumming, Nigel Davenport, Andrew Sachs, and Juliet Stevenson. Unfortunately, some material is repeated on the cassette's second side. Moreover, it comes with another tape that consists of excerpts of forthcoming Penguin audiobooks. This edition seems targeted more toward consumers than libraries.?James Dudley, Copiague, N.Y.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
'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 20101223 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 20110311 This beautifully produced book should be introduced to every child and ought to be in every classroom for children to discover.' Scholastic: Read Me 20110419 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
What makes the book so good is the humour and the occasional high brow vocabulary which forces children to pick up the dictionary for once.
However, I especially recommend this book to parents who read to their children. Imagine an older and more conservative grand-master poet focusing his skills in rhythm, rhyme and content into a book of lyrics suitable for 5-year-olds. What you get is a book that not only has the sonority and imagination, combined with an appealing subject matter ( a diverse group of antropomorphized cats), for the children, but also is dense enough to be enjoyable repeated reading for the parent (Who of you still gets turned on by "Green Eggs and Ham"?), and challenging stimulation for the child.
If you have a son or daughter who loves cats,this book is a must buy!
This is the only poem book of Eliot's that I own and it's a great deal of fun to read. My favorite cat is Macavity. If you've seen the musical Cats (which I haven't), here's the inspiration. This is also a great first book to get younger people interested in poetry. The language Eliot uses is flowery and catchy, and the subject matter is centered on those cute furballs. Enjoy.
Most recent customer reviews
My daughter is 6 years old and I bought her this after seeing CATS, she absolutely loves reading this book of poems! It is illustrated too, which is great for children.Published on Dec 29 2013 by Durham Harmer
This charming collection of poems about cats is a classic everyone should have in their library. If you have seen the musical Cats that it based on this book or if you simply love... Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2013 by Melanie Ready
It will help you get into the Zen of appropriate feline names.Published on March 31 2004 by Thomas Bonar
The poems are great. The drawings are wonderful! I loved it!Published on Feb. 19 2002 by Thomas C. Cooper
All of the poems are well-written and easy to understand.
This is a good book for anyone who loves poetry! Read more
We bought this book only b/c of "CATS". I must say that the book makes a good bit more sense than the play does. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2001 by Philip Thwing
A set of nice and musical poems on various cats. They are enchanting and light and every rhyme is the best, each one better than all the others. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2001 by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
This fun portrayal of cats is worded with playful alliteration and would be a welcome book in any child's bookshelf. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2001 by J. Toomey
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