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Happy International Cat Day!

In honour of International Cat Day, I thought I’d do a quick post about some of my favourite cats in children’s literature. Of course, there are many out there gracing the pages of books and I am bound to forget some, but these are a few that spring to mind. And not in any order of preference either because that would just be unfair!

Enjoy – and do tell me who YOUR favourite is!

Mog – by Judith Kerr

I couldn’t really start a list without lovely Mog, created by Judith Kerr. Cuddly, forgetful and always hungry, she’s the perfect example of a cat who loves her creature comforts.

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Huckle Cat, by Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry’s gorgeous and hilarious books were very much a part of my childhood and I am still as delighted to read them now with the children in my Library. Huckle Cat features in many of the stories, often alongside his pal, Lowly the worm. What I love so much about him is his almost-always happy expression.

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Zorba, in Luis Sepulveda and Satoshi Kitamura’s The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly

Zorba is a cat who likes his routine and a quiet life. When his human goes away, he is unperturbed until he spies a baby gull in trouble. He takes it upon himself, and his friends, to care for this bird until it is old enough to do so itself but when it’s time for flying lessons, he and his friends are really stumped. A delight to read!

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Tom, in The Tale of Tom Kitten, by Beatrix Potter

It would be impossible for me to write this list without including dear Tom Kitten, the naughty pussy cat who gets into all sorts of mischief and mortifies his mother, Tabitha Twitchit, during one of her tea parties. A purrfect example of the mischief kittens can get up to!

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Before – nicely dressed…                           After – in a mess! Naughty

(Tom in the foreground)                           kitties getting a smack!

 

Captain, in Captain’s Purr, by Madeleine Floyd

At first glance in this charming book, Captain seems to be a typical cat – he likes to sleep, eat and clean himself. He really doesn’t do much of interest… until at night, when he leaves his house, jumps into his row boat, and visits his ‘sweetheart’ – a lovely ginger female. Beautiful, romantic and always a joy to read.

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Fred, in Posy Simmonds’s Fred

Holly suggested this one to me, as she remembers the story well from her childhood. This book deals with the death of a much-loved family pet. The children mourning Fred are helped through their grief when they witness a wake given by Fred’s friends, at which they discover that Fred had a secret life and talent away from his usual routine of eating and sleeping at home. He was quite a character, and will get children (and adults!) wondering what on earth their cats get up to at night when they sneak through the cat flap.

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Bob, in A Streetcat Named Bob, by James Bowen

Bob is a pretty famous cat now, not only on the streets of London but through a book (one version for children, another for adults) and a film. Bob adopted James, who admits the cat saved his life as much as the other way around. It’s a heartwarming tale of friendship between cat and human and proof that encounters aren’t always by accident.

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There are many more cats I haven’t mentioned. You can read a similar post I wrote a few years ago on National Cat Day here:  https://childtasticbooks.wordpress.com/tag/captains-purr/ – in which some of these cats are mentioned again, and there are also some different ones.

What literary cats do you like? Please share!

 

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Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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