Old Possum's book of practical cats /

by Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns); Scheffler, Axel [ill].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009Edition: 1st American ed.Description: 64 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780547248271 :; 054724827X :.Title notes: $16.00 (reinstated) 8-2012 (db)Subject(s): Cats -- Juvenile poetry | Poetry
Contents:
Naming of cats -- Old Gumbie cat -- Growltiger's last stand -- Rum Tum Tugger -- Song of the Jellicles -- Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer -- Old Deuteronomy -- Pekes and the pollicles -- Mr. Mistoffelees -- Macavity: Mystery cat -- Gus: Theatre cat -- Bustopher Jones: Cat about town -- Skimbleshanks: Railway cat -- Ad-dressing of cats -- Cat Morgan introduces himself.
Summary: T. S. Eliot's playful cat poems were originally composed for his godchildren, with Eliot posing as Old Possum himself, and later inspired the legendary musical "Cats." Now with vibrant illustrations by the award-winning Axel Scheffler.
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Children's Collection Children's NonFiction j 821 ELI 2009 Available 39270002753097

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

T. S. Eliot's famous collection of nonsense verse about cats--the inspiration for the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, now made into a major motion picture. This edition features vibrant illustrations by Axel Scheffler. <br> <br> T. S. Eliot's playful cat poems have delighted readers and cat lovers around the world ever since they were first published in 1939. They were originally composed for his godchildren, with Eliot posing as Old Possum himself, and later inspired the legendary musical Cats. Now with vibrant illustrations by the award-winning Axel Scheffler, this captivating edition makes a wonderful new home for Mr. Mistoffelees, Growltiger, the Rum Tum Tugger, Macavity the mystery cat, and many other memorable strays. It's the perfect complement to the beloved previous edition, which remains available.

$16.00 (reinstated) 8-2012 (db)

Naming of cats -- Old Gumbie cat -- Growltiger's last stand -- Rum Tum Tugger -- Song of the Jellicles -- Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer -- Old Deuteronomy -- Pekes and the pollicles -- Mr. Mistoffelees -- Macavity: Mystery cat -- Gus: Theatre cat -- Bustopher Jones: Cat about town -- Skimbleshanks: Railway cat -- Ad-dressing of cats -- Cat Morgan introduces himself.

T. S. Eliot's playful cat poems were originally composed for his godchildren, with Eliot posing as Old Possum himself, and later inspired the legendary musical "Cats." Now with vibrant illustrations by the award-winning Axel Scheffler.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • The Naming of Cats (p. 1)
  • The Old Gumbie Cat (p. 4)
  • Growltiger's Last stand (p. 8)
  • The Rum Tum Tugger (p. 14)
  • The Song of the Jellicles (p. 18)
  • Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer (p. 22)
  • Old Deuteronomy (p. 27)
  • The Pekes and the Pollicles (p. 31)
  • Mr. Mistoffelees (p. 36)
  • Macavity: The Mystery Cat (p. 40)
  • Gus: The Theatre Cat (p. 44)
  • Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town (p. 49)
  • Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat (p. 52)
  • The Ad-Dressing of cats (p. 58)
  • Cat Morgan Introduces Himself (p. 62)

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

This is an absolutely marvelous rendition of Eliot's poetic classic, written for his godchildren and friends in the 1930s, which inspired the Broadway musical Cats. The tales of Mr. Mistoffelees the trickmaster, old Deuteronomy, a laid-back cat, Rum Tum Tugger, a contrary cat, and Macavity, the famous master criminal, are dramatized by Richard Briers, Alan Cumming, Nigel Davenport, Andrew Sachs, and Juliet Stevenson. Unfortunately, some material is repeated on the cassette's second side. Moreover, it comes with another tape that consists of excerpts of forthcoming Penguin audiobooks. This edition seems targeted more toward consumers than libraries.‘James Dudley, Copiague, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Here is Eliot's uncharacteristically playful cycle, first published in 1939, appealingly illustrated for the youngest part of an audience that now encompasses that for the musical Cats. Evidently intrigued by the diversity amongst felines, Eliot implicitly compares their independence, individuality, idiosyncrasies, and misdemeanors to human varieties in fifteen witty, rhythmic, artfully phrased poems. Illustrator Scheffler's cats -- small, lithe, mischievous, proportioned like kittens -- deploy themselves with catlike verve; laudably, Scheffler extends their antics but never upstages the text. Some assume a human stance (Jennyanydots serving cake to mice, for instance). The cats' eyes (white spheres, black-dot pupils) also resemble humans', with a fine range of subtle emotion. Wide pages nicely accommodate the verse plus vignettes of the cats and their bemused humans, supplemented by an occasional full-page scene. The poems themselves are especially good for the listener who revels in rich vocabulary ("At prestidigitation / And at legerdemain / He'll defy examination / And deceive you again") and names that roll off the tongue (Mungojerrie, Rumpelteazer, Macavity, Mr. Mistoffelees, Skimbleshanks). From HORN BOOK, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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