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Mystery of the Disappearing Cat [Hardcover]

Enid Blyton
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Book Description

4 Oct 2004
The Five Find-outers have got 15 thrilling mysteries to solve. Join Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Pip, Bets and Buster the dog in puzzling out these riddles.

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Dean & Son; New edition edition (4 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0603561683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0603561689
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 12.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,069,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Enid Blyton Enid Blyton died in 1968 but remains one of the best-known and best-loved children’s authors. The characters in her stories have been enjoyed for generations and she is consistently voted number one in children's favourite author polls. She has over 600 children's books to her credit, including series such as Malory Towers, St Clare’s, The Faraway Tree, The Wishing-Chair and Famous Five.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ 28 Jan 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book was written in 1944 and really is steeped in the values of pre war when it is set. My daughter who is 7 loved it. Not just for clever little Bets who is the mystery solver but for the social journey into a world where mummy doesn't work, the maid brings in three course breakfasts
in and children get a 'scolding' when they misbehave. The whole series has a lot of underused words which will expand your childs vocab and enourage better literacy skills, as these are very skillfully written.
Yes a character is called Fatty. This is an anacronym, his name is Frederick Algernon Trotville. They never call him fat, they say he is big.Mind you they probably all were fat as they has breakfast, elevenses,dinner, tea and supper as well as constant scrumping for plums and greengages.I love these books, when I picked this one up I was eight years old again and in a caravan at Whitley Bay.It really took me back.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 30 Oct 2012
By M Ahmad
Format:Kindle Edition
my daughter thinks Enid Blyton is one of the most loved children writers and that her books are wizard(that means tha absoulutly best).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat 25 April 2003
By dunnie
Format:Paperback
Enid Blyton wrote several hundred books for children, including poems and plays.
The Mystery of the Disappearing Cat is one of a series of mystery books. Larry, Daisy, Pip Bets, Fatty and Buster the dog are the main characters.
The Plot.
The story starts when Fatty comes home from school dressed in a telegraph boy disguise. He does this because he likes disguises and wants to try his new disguise. The children are all meeting together at the end of the school term. The children all exchange news and Bets tells them that someone has moved in next door to her. The lady who lives there is called Lady Candoling and she has seven cats. The most valuable cat is called Dark Queen. The children make friends the lady's gardeners boy, called Luke. He works for the gardener Mr Tupping who is horrible and mardy. One Monday morning when Luke is working by the cat house Dark Queen disappears - everybody suspects Luke. Mr Goon the policeman gets onto the mystery but the Five Findouters are on it to............
What I really liked about the story is it was exciting and hard to put down. Like all the mystery stories it makes you think - your mind goes into the book and I didn't want to finish it.
In Enid Blyton's stories nobody ever gets hurt and kids are allowed to do thing that they would never be able to do in the real world,like riding their bikes to other villages. I also like how all the kids get a reward. It is set in the countryside and is a interesting world.
I didnt like Frederick's nik-name because it's not nice to call someone fatty. The book was too short and the cat disappearing twice was a bit boring. I would recommend this book for anybody who is eight to twelve years old as being good - but the famous five are better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Probably one of the weaker of the series 11 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback
The Five Find-Outers and Dog return for a second mystery when a new neighbour's pedigree cat is stolen. It's still early days for the group and I found the mystery to be lacking in some of the usual Blyton hallmarks.

The setting feels much more tame than the first book and the detection is a lot more about brainwork than investigation, which means it's not a particularly action-packed story. The clues are surprisingly subtle and if I hadn't read the book before then I'd be surprised if I had noticed some of them, though there are some very good red herrings.

The language and setting make the book feel quite dated now, and some of the writing actually feels like it is patronising the reader - I would feel awkward reading some passages aloud to a child because of how old-fashioned they are. The main characters are surprisingly middle-class, and while this is poked fun at a little with their relationships with working-class characters, it's possible modern children will find it hard to relate.

Probably one of the weakest of the series, and I'm looking forward to moving on to the later books where Fatty becomes master of disguise and escapology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 22 April 2011
By j
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this second hand. Impressed it arrived in the condition stated, would buy second hand unseen again. My daughter loves to read it.
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