Gobbolino the Witch's Cat Hardcover – Unabridged, 11 Oct 2012
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About the Author
Ursula Moray Williams was born in Hampshire in 1911 and wrote nearly 70 books for children, several of which she illustrated herself. Her other popular titles include Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse , which was named as one of Time Magazine's Books of the Year in 1938.
Catherine Rayner studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She fell in love with the city and still lives there with a small menagerie of creatures including Shannon the horse, Ena the cat and a goldfish called Sheila, all of whom inspire her artwork. In 2008 Catherine was selected as one of the Ten Best New Illustrators for Booktrust's Big Picture Campaign and won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009 for HARRIS FINDS HIS FEET (Little Tiger Press).
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Top Customer Reviews
The story is of a witch's cat who desperately wants to be a kitchen cat, in spite of the blue sparks that sometimes fly from his ears! Gobbolino's adventures are full of magic, fun and that tiny chunk of unfairness put to rights that children love.
This is a lovely book for reading aloud to young children, or for slightly older children to read themselves. The chapters, which are short enough for a child to read in about 15 minutes, are all self-contained and can be read out of context or in order.
The themes of rejection and discrimination are modern enough, and the stories are charming and often include a bit of a twist - an orphanage where gruel is turned into sugar-plumbs, a cat (albeit a witch's cat) playing dog Toby in a Punch and Judy show and a maiden in a tower who wants neither of her two knightly suitors are just a few.
My only complaint is that the pictures are of poor quality (black and white drawings) and are few and far between.
All in all a charming tale which gets to the point very early on in the story (important for young readers).
Little Gobbolino only wants to be a kitchen cat. But his Mother is the witch Graymalkin, and so Gobbolino has inherited witchy powers that most ordinary folk are highly suspicious of. It does end happily though, and it is a lovely little tale. Children (and adults) will love this!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Slightly more worn out and beat up book than I'd imagined it would be...but all the pages are intact, unfolded and unwritten on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TheBigSqueak
remembered this from reading to my children It did not disappointPublished 6 months ago by V. ROBERTS
I ordered this secondhand as no longer in print. The book I received was in good condition. Shame it didn't have the same front cover as advertised as it was the one I remember as... Read morePublished 8 months ago by tamasin warrell
*** Reviewed by my daughter 'Sasha Pickering aged 8' ***
Gobbolino The Witch's Cat
Gobbolino is a kind hearted cat, he is a witch's cat but he doesn't like being... Read more
A must read for all kids,wonderful,charming,poignant and well written,gobbolino will live on in your heart forever.Published 14 months ago by scott neil
This is such a beautiful childhood memory for me. I read this with my mum in the mid to late 80s. The tale has stayed with me ever since and once in a while crops back into my... Read morePublished 16 months ago by SarahJ