Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Purrfect poetry with colour pictures by Axel Scheffler. Sing along to the classic rhymes that inspired the musical Cats. Shudder at the ruffian pirate puss Growltiger. Dance in the moonlight with the Jellicle Cats. Track down master criminal Macavity. (He’s a real cat burglar.) Or if you love trains, rattle and ride with Skimbleshanks the railway cat. T.S. Eliot’s verses sparkle with life and mischief, while Axel Scheffler’s crazy cats prowl and prance through every scene. A must if you love dark nights, full moons – and cats!

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  • loved it

    I liked the sound of ‘Rum Tum Tugger’ and other funny named cats.

    4 March 2014

  • loved it

    T.S Elliot’s well-known, jolly cat poems are alongside with Axel Scheffler’s magnificent drawings in this collection of poems. I thought this book wonderful, Axel Scheffler really puts his own twist on it all!

    5 February 2012

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    this is a really good book that is why my username is axle

    24 June 2010

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    Axel Scheffler

    Axel is the illustrator of The Gruffalo and many other favourite picture books.


    Axel has won many of the major book prizes, including the Smarties and Bluue Peter Awards for The Gruffalo, the Blue Peter and Sheffield Children’s Book Prizes for Room on the Broom, the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year for The Gruffalo’s Child and the Red House Award for Super Worm.

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