Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (with full-color illustrations)

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (with full-color illustrations)

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T. S. Eliot’s famous collection of nonsense verse about cats—the inspiration for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, now made into a major motion picture. This edition features vibrant illustrations by Axel Scheffler.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547248271
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 10/19/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 87,329
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: NP (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

T. S. ELIOT won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. He is most famous for such poems as "The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock" and "The Waste Land." He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and educated at Harvard University, but spent most of his adult life living in London, England.
AXEL SCHEFFLER has achieved wide acclaim as a children's book illustrator, with many of his books published throughout the world. He's the illustrator of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, by Julia Donaldson. Axel lives in London, England.

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Edward Gorey illustrations are wonderful. The poems are very creative and fun, and lighthearted - interesting childrens poems as contrasted to T.S. Eliot's usual darker adult poetry such as The Wasteland. I would actually love to have this in my hardcopy collection but the Nook edition is still great and was a little bit cheaper.
Smiler69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What's there not to like? It's poetry about cats with names such as Rumpleteazer, Deutoronomy and Skimbleshanks, with wonderful illustrations by Edward Gorey. I was enjoying it enough, but then started reading aloud to my little menagerie and our combined enjoyment was tenfold. Now I'm wondering if I should rename my own cats. 'Mimi' and 'Ezra' just seem so ordinary and are missing a few syllables besides... But how could I forget? Mr. Eliot has already provided the answer:"The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,It isn't just one of your holiday games;You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatterWhen I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES."
LeHack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The basis for the broadway show "Cats". Being a cat lover, I recognized some of my own felines in the poems. Humor, but at times sad. Cats definitely have personalities of their own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good! i love it!!!!!!!!!!!
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Love this book.!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, Mr. Paul B. Janeczko doesn't remember but this book WAS written in the 30's???? Please, learn how to write a review and not criticize someone who knows much better than he.