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Fred
     

Fred

by Posy Simmonds
 

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The story of the double life of the laziest cat in the world from renowned illustrator Posy Simmonds.
     
Fred is an adored family cat (now deceased) who slept all the time — on the ironing board, on the washing, on top of the fridge, on cars, dustbins, walls and particularly on beds — although he took a little

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The story of the double life of the laziest cat in the world from renowned illustrator Posy Simmonds.
     
Fred is an adored family cat (now deceased) who slept all the time — on the ironing board, on the washing, on top of the fridge, on cars, dustbins, walls and particularly on beds — although he took a little time off to sit on laps purring and to eat. Only after his death do Sophie and Nick discover that, by night, he was the Elvis of the cat-world, Famous Fred, the most famous cat in the world, with hordes of devoted fans!

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"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
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Simmonds, a popular British cartoonist, uses a comic-strip format to relate the unusual events that occur the night Sophie and Nick bury their beloved cat. ``Poor old Fred'' had a lively secret life, as they learn when scores of neighborhood animals gather, in funeral attire, to eulogize the cat they called ``Famous Fred.'' The children discover that each night after Mom let Fred out, he would take to the stage and sing ``Meeyowley-yowley-yowl!'' with his band, the Heavy Saucers. Now, after the mourners pay their respects, theyand the childreneat and drink and sing and dance, in a glorious fitting tribute to their dear departed Fred. This is 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. Ages 5-up. (October)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3 Fred, Sophie and Nick's old cat, has died, and the children bury him in the backyard. That night they are awakened by a large group of cats who have come to pay their last respects to ``Famous Fred.'' It seems that old Fred, a prodigious sleeper by day, was also a famous singer by night, and now his friends and fans wish to give him a proper (albeit noisy) funeral, which they do with gusto. In the morning, several small signs convince the children that the events of the previous night were not a dream. Told in cartoon-like panels of line and crayon with dialogue (sometimes in bold print) in balloons, this is an offbeat tale which veers toward the macabre on occasion, and it is difficult to determine its focus. There is not enough depth of feelings to use it as a tool in comforting a grieving pet-owner, yet there isn't enough humorexcept for highlighting the differences between cats and peopleto justify that aspect as the premise for the story. In addition, Nick's lapses into baby talk are annoying, particularly as he appears to be well out of the toddler stage and has an otherwise adept vocabulary. Marginally amusing, but this is one you can put outside at nightwith the cat. Kathleen Brachmann, Highland Park Public Library, Ill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781783440290
Publisher:
Andersen Press, Limited
Publication date:
06/01/2014
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 Years

Meet the Author

POSY SIMMONDS was born in Berkshire in 1945. She is the author of many books for adults and children, including Literary Life, Lulu and the Flying Babies and Fred, the film of which was nominated for an Oscar. She was made an MBE in 2002 and has won many international awards for her work.

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