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The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home [Paperback]

Jill Tomlinson , Paul Howard
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

6 May 2004

A heart-warming picture book adaptation of Jill Tomlinson’s classic story about a cat in danger of using up all of her nine lives. Now complete with audio book and soundtrack voiced by Maureen Lipman.

Suzy is a little striped cat, who lives in a French seaside village with a fisherman and his four sons. Like all cats, Suzy is very inquisitive, which causes problems when she climbs into the basket of a hot air balloon – and is carried off over the channel to England! How will she ever get back to France? It won't be easy, but Suzy refuses to be put off by a bit of water . . .

Filled with gentle humour and comfort, Jill Tomlinson’s animal stories have been enjoyed by children who want to snuggle down with a good read for decades. This picture book edition is stunningly illustrated by Paul Howard and comes complete with audio book CD – voiced by Maureen Lipman. All this makes The Cat Who Wanted To Go Home an even more enjoyable story for young readers.



Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; New edition edition (6 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140521080X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405210805
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 444,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jill Tomlinson never intended to be a writer. She trained as an opera singer, and then decided to have a family whilst her voice matured. But illness intervened, and she had to find another outlet for her energies. She started on a journalism course, and by the third lesson decided she wanted to write for children. So she did!

It did not come easily. Her first story, The Bus who went to Church, was rejected by sixteen publishers before it was accepted for a picture book. Several other picture books followed until she felt a need to stretch herself further. She wrote five short stories about a hen wanting to visit an aunt and her chicks, and Methuen thought that if she wrote another five stories on the same theme the book would fit well into their new 'Read Aloud' series. After many fierce arguments between Jill and her editor (recounted with relish and indignation to her bewildered family) the book we now know as The Hen Who Wouldn't Give Up, came out, soon to be followed by The Cat Who Wanted to Go Home.

The next manuscript was produced in increasing physical difficulties, and had just been accepted when the cause of the difficulties was identified - multiple sclerosis. The book was The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark. Thereafter every book was a battle. Writing became impossible. All her research - and each book about a young animal was meticulously researched - was done by the family in response to her persistent and often unanswerable questions. Not that you could guess all this from the finished product, where her sympathy and sense of humour overrides everything. Jill used to claim that she was unique in being an author who could neither read or write.

So long as she could speak clearly, Jill loved to read her stories to the children of friends and often, in her wheelchair, to classes in local schools. Her 'eek' when reading the Owl was something to be remembered! She said that stories about young animals could go straight to the emotional needs of young children, bypassing all barriers of class or colour.

Jill died, suddenly and unexpectedly, in hospital where she had gone for respite care whilst her husband was away from home. She was 45. But anyone who has read her books knows what she was like - bubbly and caring and irrepressible.

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About the Author

Jill Tomlinson never intended to be a writer.  She trained as an opera singer, and then decided to have a family whilst her voice matured.  But illness intervened, and she had to find another outlet for her energies. She started on a journalism course, and by the third lesson decided she wanted to write for children.  So she did! Jill Tomlinson’s animal stories are much-loved and have been best-selling children’s books for nearly four decades.



Customer Reviews

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple adventure story 1 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This great little adventure story has the most beautiful illustrations. The text is simple to understand and suitable for children aged 5-9. The accompanying CD is an added bonus and one my daughter enjoys listening to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely picture book 12 Jun 2011
By Sair
Format:Paperback
A lovely story book with beautiful illustrations.
(This book is however, a shortened version of the original story.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not on iphone 8 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition with Audio/Video|Verified Purchase
My mistake. i thought I would be able to get it play on my iphone. No such luck. Will have to put it down to experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No sound on iPad 5 Nov 2012
By Dave
Format:Kindle Edition with Audio/Video|Verified Purchase
Downloaded the book no probs, and the story is great and pictures.
But no sound ?
This was one of the reasons I got this book was because it had audio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely story with actions CD 28 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
Lovely gentle story that captivated my 4 year old who wanted to listen to it over and over and over again. He loved the narrator and was interested in the idea of another language, French, it has a few french words in it, said by the cat that sparked his interest. Lovely illustrations too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cat Who Wanted To Go Home 1 Mar 2014
By Vicky
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I got this as we have got and read Jill Tomlinsons other stories, about Plop the Owl, Otto the Penguin, Pongo the Gorilla and Pim the Advark...and they are both lovely stories, and funny too.
My 5yr old loves them, so I would highly recommend any of the above to get as bedtime stories for your little ones.
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