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A Cat Called Dog
A Cat Called Dog
by Jem Vanston
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE PURRFECT CHRISTMAS PRESENT!, 4 Nov. 2015
This review is from: A Cat Called Dog (Paperback)
A Cat Called Dog by Jem Vanston
“A cat with a two-legs is never a slave. On the contrary, he is a cat with a purpose who is made complete by his privileged position in life. He chooses and accepts his role, and does his duty.” (George)
Jem Vanston’s child-friendly version of A Cat Called Dog is a great read for children and cat lovers of all ages. With subtle hints on cat-care and the behaviour of ‘Two-legs’ dotted throughout the dialogue, George, a ginger elderly tom-cat, takes on the education of kitten-cat Dog.
Aided by Eric, a one-eyed stray, François the well-travelled feline and the beautiful Miss Fifi, George endeavours to teach Dog how to behave in a way that befits his feline status.

George is fortunate enough to live with The Lady, whom he loves with a passion and would protect with his life if necessary. All his skills are called into action when a terrible situation arises. With the willing help of Eric, Miss Fifi, François and Dog, they face the threat that could change their lives forever.

This book has wonderful illustrations by an amazing guy called Greg which capture, perfectly, each cat’s personality. At only 23 years old, he has a tremendous future ahead of him. Jem hopes that Greg will be illustrating the sequel to the original ‘A Cat Called Dog’ as it features the three kittens who first appeared in Jem’s Christmas story which you can read on www.thedailymews.com and which was so beautifully illustrated by Frances Gorlotti.

The sequel should – hopefully – be out next May or June.

With its bright eye-catching cover, A Cat Called Dog is the purrfect book to give a confident reader interested in animals, particularly cats, for a Christmas present.


Bertram & Gertrude's Steamy Amsterdam Weekend: A gent in Amsterdam.
Bertram & Gertrude's Steamy Amsterdam Weekend: A gent in Amsterdam.
Price: £3.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously Funny, William Frederick is a genius!, 27 Sept. 2015
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Bertram & Gertrude’s Steamy Amsterdam Weekend by William Frederick is a most enjoyable romp. Featuring Bertram (Bertie) and Gertrude (Trudie), a couple not in the first flush of their youth, the reader is in for an excellent feast. As special agents of Her Majesty’s Government, they are seconded to help the Dutch Secret Service bust a drug-ring run by the Chinese, using sex toys as a cover and operating a drug factory from an old dilapidated barge. Bertie’s expertise is called into action when Trudie is kidnapped and held hostage by the Chinese and a race against time ensues.
Interspersed with hilarious descriptions of Bertie and Trudie’s steamy sex life and forays into their gastronomic preferences, this is a hugely funny read. There were several laugh out loud moments when Bertie had various mishaps which sent him buck-naked flying off the balcony into the canal below, once with a butt plug inserted in a part of his anatomy, and each time being fished out by two off-duty police officers.
This books scores on a couple of age issues too. One being that people in their 60s can and do have very active and imaginative sex lives and the second that they’re not on the shelf, past their sell-by date. In other words, they are still worthy contributors to society!
William Frederick obviously knows his way around the streets and canals of Amsterdam and maybe even how the Dutch Secret Service operates. Either that, or he’s actually been a spy and is now writing about his sex-ploits.
I really enjoyed this story. At times whimsical, other times hugely farcical with some really hilarious comedic scenes, William Frederick is a brilliant story teller and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
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Bristle Block 50 piece Basic builder bucket
Bristle Block 50 piece Basic builder bucket
Price: £10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Building blocks for an imaginative future, 28 Aug. 2015
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I bought these Bristle Blocks for my great grandson's first birthday. He absolutely loves playing with them and building up the different colours into various shapes. At the moment, he's just learning how to build but in time, he will be able to make so much more. This is a great 'building block' to unlocking his imagination in so many different ways.


Tigger: Memoirs of a Cosmopolitan Cat
Tigger: Memoirs of a Cosmopolitan Cat
Price: £2.63

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tigger - a connoisseur of life and family ..., 5 Jun. 2015
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Susanne Haywood's account of her family life written from Tigger - the cat's - perspective is an enjoyable, unputdownable read. After a traumatic beginning Tigger comes to live with Susanne and her young family in Australia. A move takes them all to Maryland, USA and then back to Perth, Australia, before finally settling down in England. Tigger takes everything in his stride as he experiences being in quarantine (prison), flying, and getting to know new homes and surroundings. It is laugh out loud funny in many places, particlularly when the house sitter is presented with 'gifts' from Tigger and Tammy. But the descriptive prose is just exquisite and the way Susanne recounts their experiences, one can almost feel as if one has moved in with them.
Tigger takes pride in bringing up the three Haywood children, ensuring homework is done, sleepovers are supervised and coming to terms when one by one, the children leave home. I cannot praise this book highly enough. It is absolutely wonderful.


Monty and his Amazing Adventures
Monty and his Amazing Adventures
by Debbie Spencer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Monty is my kind of cat!, 4 Mar. 2015
What I liked about this little book about Monty and his two siblings, Freddie and Claudia, is that young readers will be able to read it for themselves and even younger readers will enjoy someone reading the stories to them.
There are two stories in the book: Monty’s Amazing Adventures and Monty’s Amazing Adventures at the Beach. Each story has a simple format which is easily understood by readers just beginning their journey of learning to read, and the stories are engaging and short enough to keep a child’s interest from waning.
These stories could have been lengthened to include more adventures but I’m hoping that Monty, Freddie and Claudia will soon have more ‘amazing adventures’ to delight readers, young and old alike.


Furry Paw, Middle Claw: A Novel
Furry Paw, Middle Claw: A Novel
Price: £8.40

5.0 out of 5 stars A lesson in love, 4 Mar. 2015
Scratch beneath the surface of any ‘normal-looking’ family set-up and you will quickly discover a façade that crumbles under scrutiny. So, in Barry Jackson’s novel, loosely based on his own personal, painful, experiences, the reader rides out the waves of parental neglect and abuse, verbal, psychological and emotional, which grind down the young boy Dean. A brief respite of staying with his grandmother for a couple of months during the summer and knowing, for the first time in his life, what it is like to be loved is short-lived as she suffers a stroke.
Later, living in his own apartment, successful in his field of employment, he meets Melissa who pours out her love on her feline companions, a scarred victim also, of dysfunctional parents. Gradually, despite his aversion to cats, especially Melissa’s four cats, who all seem hell-bent on giving him the ‘middle claw’, they fall in love and move in together.
Dean finds it hard to accept life in his apartment with Melissa and her cats and initially tries to find ways that he might be able to get rid of them. Wanting her attention for himself he can’t accept that she loves him AND the cats.
Over time they get married and have a son, who is eventually diagnosed with autism. It is then that Dean realises just how much the cats mean to his son, Craig, as he opens up to them. They protect him, and seem to understand that he needs them. Craig now is able to communicate with his own parents and the cats have been instrumental in his progress.
During the years other cats find their way into their home and hearts, after the loss of the original four, and Dean understands their personalities and characteristics are part of who they are and he realises just how much he actually loves and respects each feline character who have shared their lives so far.
There are parental losses too but throughout all the turbulence that each dysfunctional parent tries to rain down on them, they remain strong in their love for each other and their marriage. This book proves that you can overcome a poor start in life, that you can find love and have a family and not repeat the behaviour of your parents.
Barry’s writing style is superb, with the most lyrical and beautiful poetic descriptions of life just after the war in America, and this sublime prose continues throughout the book. I didn’t want the book to end and I do hope that he writes more.


My Granny Writes Erotica (The Original Quickie)
My Granny Writes Erotica (The Original Quickie)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grannies know best!, 16 Jan. 2015
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This is a very funny book. I could see this being made into a situation comedy for television. I'm sure it would be a huge success. Rosen Trevithick has tapped into a wonderful stream just ripe for comedic interpretation.
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Olfa Rty-St/ Cg 45mm Rotary Cutter/ Self Healing Mat/ Quilt Ruler Making Set
Olfa Rty-St/ Cg 45mm Rotary Cutter/ Self Healing Mat/ Quilt Ruler Making Set
Offered by Sign Materials Direct
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the things you need to get started on those patchwork projects!, 12 Sept. 2014
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Great products together in one handy purchase. Now I can get on with the patchwork projects I've been planning for ages.


Ditsy Fabric Bundle - 12 Pretty Pink Pieces - 100% Cotton - Floral, Roses - Shabby Chic - For Craft, Patchwork, Quilting, Bunting, Sewing
Ditsy Fabric Bundle - 12 Pretty Pink Pieces - 100% Cotton - Floral, Roses - Shabby Chic - For Craft, Patchwork, Quilting, Bunting, Sewing
Offered by Bundelicious
Price: £10.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty in pink, 12 Sept. 2014
The fabric is so pretty and feminine - I was really looking forward to making some lovely patchwork cushion covers for a white whicker rocking chair I have. My only complaint is that the fabric pieces are so small 8.5 inches by 13 inches which is hardly big enough to get 4 proper squares out of each piece.


The Little Button Shop Cotton Fat Quarter Printed Fabric Bundle, Soft Pink/Lilac
The Little Button Shop Cotton Fat Quarter Printed Fabric Bundle, Soft Pink/Lilac

5.0 out of 5 stars Soft pink and lilac printed fabrics for the prettiest of patchwork quilts, 12 Sept. 2014
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Beautiful feminine fabric. Very prompt service. Can't wait to make it up!


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