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The Cat Mummy

The Cat Mummy [Kindle Edition]

Jacqueline Wilson , Nick Sharratt
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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In this single-CD audio book Jacqueline Wilson's The Cat Mummy is read in unabridged form by Sophie Thompson.

Verity's old tabby cat Mabel might not be quite as lively as she used to be and yes, she smells a bit and doesn't always make it to the litter tray on time, but she really loves her. More importantly, Mabel once belonged to Verity's mum--not that Verity actually ever knew her mum because she died. She really doesn't mind too much about not having a mum, apart from when she goes to visit her grave, which makes her think about being in the ground with a head full of worms.

So when she finds Mabel dead in the wardrobe, it seems to Verity that it would be much better to take a few lessons from the ancient Egyptians: rather than bury the poor old thing she decides to mummify her so they can be together forever. But what with the problems involved in finding the mummification materials and the fact that Gran would probably fuss about hygiene if she knew anything about it, things don't quite go as planned...

The simply sensational Jacqueline Wilson strikes hard and fast with this superb story of a feisty little girl coping with the death of a much-loved pet. But, as usual, the wily Wilson doesn't just leave it there: instead she goes on to deliver a graceful, poignant and barely perceptible exploration of the close-to-the surface emotions of a family who have never truly recovered from the long-gone death of a loved one.

The Cat Mummy is a cracking story with the added bonus of Wilson's fantastic ability to bring serious issues to the fore without detracting from her characters and their deeply personal stories. --Susan Harrison


"Managing to be both hilarious and poignant, The Cat Mummy is another sure-fire hit" (The Scotsman)

"Jacqueline Wilson writes so well about death and bereavement . . . Wilson does it again - economically and entertainingly embracing life's highs and lows" (TES)

"For those aged eight and over you couldn't do better than The Cat Mummy by Jacqueline Wilson, the funny, touching tale of Verity whose mum died the day she was born and who doesn't realise how much she loves her do-nothing cat until Mabel disappears. As always, Wilson hits every button" (Express on Sunday)

"The loss of a loved one is dealt with lightly and gently" (Financial Times)

"A touching and sad situation that is dealt with with a light touch that never trivialises the emotions portrayed" (The Bookseller)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1140 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440868572
  • Publisher: RHCP Digital (5 Dec 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RDW5E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,539 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jacqueline Wilson is an extremely well-known and hugely popular author. The Illustrated Mum was chosen as British Children's Book of the Year in 1999 and was winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award 2000. Jacqueline has won the prestigious Smarties Prize and the Children's Book Award for Double Act, which was also highly commended for the Carnegie Medal. In June 2002 Jacqueline was given an OBE for services to literacy in schools and in 2008 she was made a Dame.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Egyptian Cat 14 April 2001
By A Customer
Mabel was Verity's mums cat before she died, now Mabel is the family cat. For some time Mabel has been being sick and not being her usual self until one day Mabel disappears.
Verity becomes very upset and this affects things at school for her. Verity eventually finds Mabel dead in her closet but instead of saying anything tries to turn Mabel into a cat mummy as the ancient egyptians would have done.
Needless to say Mable is eventually found.
A good story, which my daughter enjoyed when it was read to her, but I thought that there was just a little something missing.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Purrfectly written 26 Jan 2008
The Cat Mummy was written by Jacqueline Wilson (one of my favourite authors) and was published in 2001/ 2002 in two different editions - the Corgi Yearling edition and the Doubleday edition. It was illustrated beautifully by Nick Sharratt (who draws a lot for many different authors) and it was illustrated very exquisitely. This book is great for children who are over the age of 7 or 8 up to the age of 15 or 16 because adults are far too boring to read such a good and exciting book like this one. I think girls would like this book better than boys but I might be wrong.

The plot of the story is that Verity's mum and now her cat Mabel have both died. She is more upset about the cat because she did not even know her mother even though she went to the other's grave a lot. The ending is quite nice though and it is a very clever idea!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I am an adult who greatly enjoys and admires Jacqueline Wilson's work. I found this book, a little darker than the others but still touching issues ignored by many. I am not sure if I would recommend this to a small child, I know I found it disturbing but those who do read it will get a lot out of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some weepy moments for mum! 14 Nov 2014
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This was the first Jacqueline Wilson book I read with my 8 year old but it won't be the last. It was a sweet but sad story that lead to a lot of discussions about death but in a positive way. We read a short story by JW in the Paws and Whiskers book and loved it so much that we thought we would see what books she had written suitable for my daughter's age group. I can see just from these two stories why she is such a popular author. She tackles real issues that children deal with in a way they can relate to. I can't wait to read more with my daughter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very moving story, but outstanding! 6 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Verity loves animals and has a very old cat of her own, Mabel. Her mum died when she was born so she talks to Mabel all the time. Mabel is very very boring! But Verity doesn't care.
At school she learns about the Ancient Egyptions. One day Mabel goes missing and Verity is heartbroken. She can't concentrate and is very worried!! Then one afternoon she finds Mabel curled up in her dressing gown DEAD!!!!!
Verity is shocked but decides to wrap her up like a mummy. She does not tell anyone but things keep happening and she has to confess.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The saddest Jaqueline Wilson book i have read! 10 July 2001
By A Customer
This book was great to start off with but when i got to the main part i could tell what would happen because of the project the little girl had been doing at school. And i won`t give away the ending but all i can say is get a box of tissues next to you before you start reading, you`ll need them!
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This sad but heart warming book made me think about how close pets can become to their owners. As well as being sad, this book was funny and imaginative and I couldn't put it down once I'd started reading it. Verity and her cat Mabel had been together since Verity was a baby. Even though Mabel was lazy and slept all day Verity still finds it hard to come to terms when Mabel dies. She tries to mummify Mabel so that she will last forever...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and realistic lifelike story 8 April 2001
By A Customer
I read this book and i thought it was that brilliant so i read it again! Its about a girl and she live with her gran & grandad + her dad but her mums dead there studying ancient egyuptions at school and when she finds her cat dead in the wardrobe she wraps it in tissue and woeshipps it . Read tho find out the rest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very sad but nice
i loved this book because it was a bit funny but it was sad at the same time. it relates to me because i had a cat 3 or 4 years ago and he died but i didnt have the idea to mummify... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Crankyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad
Over too quickly way too quickly. Not realistic and I didn't like the concept because it was really sad.
But overall it was ... ( up to you to read it and find out !)
Published 27 days ago by Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool family fun
I liked the cat mummy because it was full of comedy and it was sort of a little bit full of adventure
Published 2 months ago by leah knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 2 months ago by Dominique mudrock
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Published 3 months ago by MB-!=#/+?
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
granddaughter loved it
Published 3 months ago by mrs mag
4.0 out of 5 stars tinkerbell
A short book all about cats. It might be short but it still has a lot of emotion in it. I highly recommend this book to all Jacqueline Wilson lovers!
Published 3 months ago by good
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a book!
My daughter loves this author and said she loves this book as much as the others.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. DJ BOTT
5.0 out of 5 stars THE CAT MUMMY
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Published 5 months ago by S ABDULLAH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
My 9yr old has read this twice already and is set to read again. She loves the story and can't wait for another book from her idol Jacqueline Wilson.
Published 6 months ago by OziSurfer
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