Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Mister Mistoffelees the Conjuring Cat by T.S. Eliot and Arthur Robins (Faber and Faber)

Mister Mistoffelees the Conjuring Cat

Written by T.S. Eliot

Illustrated by Arthur Robins

Published by Faber and Faber

Oh well I never, how we do love this book! Paying homage to T.S. Eliot's meisterwork "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats", Arthur Robins produces a marvellous moggy-filled book celebrating what we cat lovers already know - that cats are feline tricksters, capable of the most amazing feats of derring-do!

We've previously met "Macavity the Mystery Cat" from Faber and Faber and here's the second book in their series drawing on T.S. Eliot's awesome poems and presenting them for a whole new audience.

As much as we loved Macavity, "Mister Mistoffelees" is definitely our favourite as he uses his own peculiar forms of moggy magic to slink from the shadows, making food items disappear, or sliding his way through seemingly impenetrable doors moving effortlessly amongst humans mostly unseen.

This is a lyrical journey through poems that some children may already know from the musical "Cats" but will definitely appreciate here, reproduced in a truly fabulous way.

Charlotte's best bit: Demanding this again as soon as I reached the last page (I really need to find my copy of the original "Old Possums"!)

Daddy's Favourite bit: A classic poem brought bang up to date for a whole new appreciative audience. Immensely good fun to read out loud, has there ever been a book so clever?

Kindly sent to us for review by Faber and Faber)

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