Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009
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A stunning new edition of T.S. Eliot's beloved cat poems containing beautiful original colour illustrations by Axel Scheffler.
About the Author
Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965) was born in St Louis, Missouri, USA. He settled in England in 1915 and published his first book of poems in 1917. Eliot received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948.
Axel Scheffler was born in 1957 in Hamburg, Germany. He has achieved worldwide acclaim for his children's book illustration and has created many bestsellers including the award-winning The Gruffalo. He lives in London.
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His treatment of the poems is so different from the previous illustrations for these poems. The cats are seen as more adorable and cuddly here, but it doesn't become cute and condescending. Yet Scheffler's drawings are nuanced so that he finds room to make Growltiger sinister, except when he is courting Griddlebone. The illustrations are in vignettes and accompany the poems in their various stages. The Bentley and Gorey editions tended to have one or two large plates for each poem. Occasionally he illustrates individual lines, such as the fakir who stares at Macavity when he levitates. I also like his sequence of pictures that play like a succession of scenes when the poems can't provide any words. I see this twice, during the Rum Tum Tugger and the Pekes and the Pollicles. One really likes the sequence of vignettes that accompany the muddle that the Tugger poses when he disrupts a housewife's sewing chores.
I would have liked it if individual lines had had their own illustrations and it would have been good for the text to wrap itself around the pictures.Read more ›
I have an old Kindle and it is not as easy to turn to a particular poem as flicking through the pages of a book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this book for my daughter's boyfriend because he has cats but he hasn't read it yet. I told him the poems are used as songs in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mrs. J. Connor
My daughter has read this book over and over and now knows all the poems by heart.Published 6 months ago by Ms Victoria L Mohammed