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Gobbolino the Witch's Cat (Kingfisher Classics) [Paperback]

Ursula Moray Williams , Paul Howard
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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18 July 2005 Kingfisher Classics
Why was I ever born a witch's kitten? Why - oh, why?" With his bright blue eyes and sparky magic whiskers, no one could mistake Gobbolino for a kitchen cat, but that's just what he longs to be. So, while his sister Sootica learns how to ride a broomstick and turn mice into toads, Gobbolino sets off to find a nice warm fire and a family to care for him. He has many adventures along the way and makes many friends, until he finally finds the home he dreams of. First published in 1942, Gobbolino the Witch's Cat continues to delight children - a true modern classic.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd; New Ed edition (18 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753412098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753412091
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ursula Moray Williams (1911-) was born in Petersfield. She started writing soon after she was married and began work on Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse, perhaps her most famous work, while expecting her first child. Gobbolino the Witch's Cat followed, and the two characters were later brought together in The Further Adventures of Gobbolino and the Little Wooden Horse. Ursula Moray Williams lives in Gloucestershire. Paul Howard studied at Leicester Polytechnic where he gained a first-class Honours Degree in Graphics. He has illustrated many successful children's titles, including Walker's Classic Poetry collection, and A Year in the City, winner of the Primary English Book Award. His recent picture book interpretation of The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark (Egmont), has been highly acclaimed. Paul Howard lives in Belfast.

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ONE FINE MOONLIGHT NIGHT little Gobbolino, the witch's kitten, and his sister Sootica tumbled out of the cavern where they had been born, to play at catch-a-mouse among the creeping shadows. Read the first page
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely old-fashioned story for children 15 Jun 1999
By A Customer
I first read this book at about age eight and it has stayed with me ever since.
The story is of a witch's cat who desperately wants to be a kitchen cat, in spite of the blue sparks that sometimes fly from his ears! Gobbolino's adventures are full of magic, fun and that tiny chunk of unfairness put to rights that children love.
This is a lovely book for reading aloud to young children, or for slightly older children to read themselves. The chapters, which are short enough for a child to read in about 15 minutes, are all self-contained and can be read out of context or in order.
The themes of rejection and discrimination are modern enough, and the stories are charming and often include a bit of a twist - an orphanage where gruel is turned into sugar-plumbs, a cat (albeit a witch's cat) playing dog Toby in a Punch and Judy show and a maiden in a tower who wants neither of her two knightly suitors are just a few.
My only complaint is that the pictures are of poor quality (black and white drawings) and are few and far between.
All in all a charming tale which gets to the point very early on in the story (important for young readers).
Strongly recommended
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a puurrrfect story for girls and boys 6 Dec 2001
By A Customer
I rememeber having this read to me as a child in infant school and I still remember being mesmerised even 20 years down the line. As a result I look forward to reading it to my god children when they are 5-6. It is in essence a tale of Gobbolino fighting against prejudice and seeking the love and acceptance amonst his peers, with plenty of adventures along the way .This, as with the rest of U M Williams books, is achieved without being overly patronising or sacherine in its tone. It is worth also reading Adventures of the Wooden Horse as very much in the same genre. A book that suits independent reading from the about the age of 6 or as a storytime book for 4-5 onwards. If I remember correctly theres even a song to accompany the book and luckily for you I cant abuse your ears by singing it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 17 Nov 2006
By lilysmum VINE VOICE
This book was read to my class in Infants School and it remains one of my favourite books 35 years later. The author has just died, I believe, aged 95. She wrote nearly 70 books and this is probably the best known. The language and style are beautifully crafted and it is a joy to read aloud. Gobbolino is a little kitten and he belongs to a bad tempered witch who gets irritated with him because he just wants to be a family pet, and is not as good a witch's cat as his sister, Sootica. If you want to find out whether he ever finds a family to love, you will need to read the book!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an enchanting tale about a magical kitten 26 Jun 2003
I love this tale of cute little Gobbolino. It is a simple tale, yet also very charming. I loved it when I was a kid, and I still enjoy it now, and I'm approaching 30!
Little Gobbolino only wants to be a kitchen cat. But his Mother is the witch Graymalkin, and so Gobbolino has inherited witchy powers that most ordinary folk are highly suspicious of. It does end happily though, and it is a lovely little tale. Children (and adults) will love this!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gobbolino the Witches Cat 29 Nov 2011
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I read this story as a series when it was published in the magazine/tape series called Storyteller in the eighties. I recall waiting eagerly for the next instalment. I am delighted I have discovered this as a book and have now ordered it for my little bookworm. as it happens I can not recall any other story that was told in those magazines, and that reads volumes. can not wait to read it to the kids.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply lovely 3 Feb 2007
I bought this book recently for myself (I am in my twenties) because I remember having loved it so much as a child. Once again I was totally enchanted by this wonderful story, Gobbolino really is a classic joy, for children and adults alike. Buy a copy for the children and keep a copy on your own bookshelf with pride!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as it was thirty-odd years ago 9 Feb 2011
I have just finished reading this to my seven year old son, having loved it as a child myself. He was totally captivated by it, complete with gasps of 'Oh no!' and hoorays at the ups and down of the plot. We've also read 'Spid' and 'The Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse', both of which he also loved. However, Gobbolino topped them all. I'd say they are the first books we've read together which have elicited such excited responses as we read them. Very easy to read out loud and a complete joy.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gobbolino - really makes you paws for thought 24 Sep 2003
I read this book when I was in juniors school (year 6) i've loved it so much, it's just a fantastic read. So much so i even named my cat after it, he's 15 now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars girl aged 6 years
My grand-daughter loves cats, so this book was a hit with her!
She has already read it twice and I am certain will have more enjoyment from it, in the future.
Published 1 month ago by Lynnes
5.0 out of 5 stars gob
best book ever. fist real book I every read when I was 7. still a good, and my kids love too
Published 2 months ago by mrs anne m bevan
5.0 out of 5 stars Witch's Kitten Wants A Home
Have read this out loud to my six-year-old daughter. She is very taken with Gobbolino's regular career changes, as he starts out as a witch's cat, then becomes an orphanage cat, a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Arachne202
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Book
I chose this book for my daughter to read as loved it when I was a child, it took me a while to find it and she read it within 2 days and loved it just as much as I did.
Published 3 months ago by victoria corris
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story for six to seven year olds
It's a shame that some children were given this too soon or too late. It's a wonderful story if Gobbolino's quest to shake of his destined role as a witch's cat and instead become... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars cats
we all love cats in our family and reading about Gobbolino will be as good as when I first read them to my daughter - now it's her daughters turn
Published 9 months ago by Taffy Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Too cute
This was my favourite book when I was a child, I bought it for my niece and have had so much fun reading it too her. It's a great children's story and a must for any cat lover.
Published 9 months ago by Kookie
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 of the best childrens storys ever!!!
I loved this book as a child & now have the pleasure of reading it to my children! - so glad it is still in print!
Published 9 months ago by G d mayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Child favourite revisited
I bought this book so that I could read it to my children, and hope that they would love it as much as I did as a child. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Elisabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely gift
I bought this for a friend's daughter for her 7th birthday,it was my favorite childhood book and she loved it!
Published 12 months ago by Andrea L Newland
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