Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

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By (author) Professor T S Eliot, Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

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  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
  • Format: Hardback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 221mm x 10mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 19 October 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Boston, MA
  • ISBN 10: 054724827X
  • ISBN 13: 9780547248271
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 10,451

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T. S. Eliot's playful cat poems have delighted readers and cat lovers around the world ever since they were first published in 1939. They were originally composed for his godchildren, with Eliot posing as Old Possum himself, and later inspired the legendary musical "Cats." Now with vibrant illustrations by the award-winning Axel Scheffler, this captivating edition makes a wonderful new home for Mr. Mistoffelees, Growltiger, the Rum Tum Tugger, Macavity the mystery cat, and many other memorable strays. It's the perfect complement to the beloved previous edition, which remains available. This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Read Aloud Poetry)

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"The distinctive personalities of each cat--brought to life by Scheffler's expressive cartoonlike paintings--and Eliot's lyrical, tongue-and-cheek wordplay, will appeal to a new generation of cat aficionados."--"Publishers Weekly" "Edward Gorey's version (Harcourt, 1982) captures Eliot's nuanced humor in stylized black-and-white cartoons. Scheffler's illustrations add colorful detail and playfulness, but both editions bring out the timeless wit and wisdom of these poems. Make room for both editions; cat (and even dog) lovers everywhere will welcome Scheffler's marvelous work."--"School Library Journal, " starred review