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Orlando (the Marmalade Cat) Keeps a Dog (Picture Puffin) [Paperback]

Kathleen Hale
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5 Mar 1992 Picture Puffin
Orlando and Grace decide the kittens need something new to interest them and they advertise for an animal as a pet. The family cannot move for animals, but the last animal, Bill the black poodle, saves the day by chasing away all the others.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; New edition edition (5 Mar 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140543031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140543032
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 20.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous flight of fancy. 26 Oct 2000
By A Customer
My daughter checked this book out of the school library a couple of years ago and our entire family fell in love with it. The characters are eccentric, you will never expect the next plot twist. It is fun, sweet and imaginative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Childhood Classic 7 Dec 2012
By anon
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I like that they are still big chunky hardbacks & that the quality of the print is still the same. Lovely stories, lovely pictures & something you would keep for your children's children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Orland does something very un-natural 10 Feb 2001
By Melissa Schnap Marsh - Published on
I had the great fortune to grow up in Buffalo, NY just across the border from Canada, where my father was able to locate some of the Orlando titles for me; the rest we found in Burmuda. I have loved and reread all of Kathleen Hale's wonderful books for almost 40 years and they are just as dear to me as when I was a child. In this episode Orlando gives in to his three kitten's pleas for a pet. How they go about the selection process will have you in stitches! The matter of what kind of pet is solved for them by the advent of Bill, the poodle, a real take-charge-kind-of-dog. Against his better judgement, Orlando allows Bill a trial period as the cat family's pet. Bill's wild charge through the countryside with Grace, Orlando's wife and the kitten's mother, is not to be missed, when she takes Bill for a "walk". Those who appreciate punning pictures should pay particular attention to the landscape during this part. How Bill learns to overcome his instincts about chasing cats and wins their hearts is the whole point of the book. The premise of a family of cats keeping a dog twenty times their size as a pet is not to be missed. Bill makes only one other brief appearence in the series, in "Orlando and The Frisky Housewife", hopefully to be re-issued soon. If you or your children love cats then this is the series for you to collect, cherish and pass down through the generations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A french poodle answers an add to be a pet for a cat family. 28 Mar 1999
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Absolutely wonderful story and even more fabuluous illustrations by a truly gifted author and illustrator. After reading this story, we went out and bought a french poodle!
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