26 Characters at The Story Museum, Oxford

If you’re anywhere near Oxford in the next week, the Chaos family recommends you take a trip to central Oxford and find The Story Museum

Twenty-six stars of children’s literature dressing up as their favourite characters and being photographed? It sounds wonderful for a lover of kidlit like me. But taking children to the exhibition? Wouldn’t they find it boring?

I had been imagining something like this:

26 Characters @TheStoryMuseum

But the 26 Characters exhibition is this:

26Characters @TheStoryMuseum

… and this:

26Characters @TheStoryMuseum

… and this:

… and so much more. I’ve spent over seven hours there now and I don’t think I’ve done a fraction of what you could do. I haven’t sat on the cushions and read, I haven’t listened to all the story extracts, I haven’t written a story…

But my two daughters have bounced on Max’s bed, made a pretend cushion bridge between two exhibits, dressed up, drawn pictures, spun the story wheel, played in Narnia*, and dragged me up and down and all around with excitement. I think they could easily visit again and again. So could I.

Your ticket lasts for the whole day, so it’s possible to do a quick tour in the morning to collect all the stamps for a sweetie treat (allow about an hour); have a lovely lunch in one of the many nearby options of central Oxford; then return for a leisurely few hours of play in the afternoon. Which is what we did. Twice.

26 Characters is open until 2nd November, when it closes for two weeks before re-opening in a slightly cut-back form until February. Details can be found on The Story Museum website, as can details of many more events.

* There is a wardrobe at the end of a corridor of Long John Silver’s pirate ship (where you’re welcome to swab the decks) and Boromir (with the Eye of Sauron looking out for you.) It looks like the end of the corridor. But open the wardrobe door, and there are fur coats hanging up, and if you push your way through… it’s breathtaking.

Our Week in Books #43

I don’t really feel like writing this weekend, but I did manage some quick reviews.

On Twitter, back to The Story Museum

On Instagram, being excited about a gorgeous new book

I may be feeling awful but I still had to go to @mostlyreading for this beauty @kidsbloomsbury @chrisriddell50 @neilgaiman

On Facebook, being a sheep and putting a quick review up because I’d just written one and he sort-of asked…

 

Books added to shelves:
The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell (bought from Mostly Books)
Heart of Dread: Frozen – Melissa de la Cruz & Michael Johnson (review book from Netgalley)
A Song for Ella Grey – David Almond (review book from NetGalley)
I Am Number Four – Pittacus Lore (Free Kindle)
Iggy Peck, Architect – Andrea Beatty & David Roberts (bought from Amazon)
Jampires – Sarah McIntyre & David O’Connell (bought from Amazon)
The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas – Abie Longstaff & Lauren Beard (bought from The Book People)
How to Hide a Lion – Helen Stephens (bought from The Book People)
How to Hide a Lion from Grandma – Helen Stephens (bought from The Book People)
Fleabag – Helen Stephens (bought from The Book People)
Practice Your Phonics with Traditional Tales – 20 Books (bought from The Book People)
Usborne Classic Tales Collection – 20 Books (bought from The Book People)
Cumulative: 544 (£820.49) (£3507.26)

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 21

Books removed from shelves: none (1 to post; 4 still to give as gifts)
Cumulative: 160
41 eBooks. Net bookshelf gain 2014 cumulative = 343

Read 52 books finished this week:
The Sleeper and the Spindle – Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell
Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret – D D Everest

Year progress: 299/365 = 81.9%
300 Picture Book progress: 320?/300 = 106.7?%
Read 52 progress: 65/52 = 125.0% (47/52 = 90.4%)

300in2014 A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

Recent Reads

It’s been a while since I reviewed anything, so I thought I’d get back into practice with some quick reviews.

The Sleeper and the SpindleThe Sleeper and the Spindle: Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2014)
I have been a Neil Gaiman fan for over 20 years now, but I’m only just realising how much I love rewritten fairy tales (surprising it took this long to notice), and also just realising how awesome Chris Riddell is (I know, I am so late to that party!) The Sleeper and the Spindle really is a must own book for any fan of Gaiman, Riddell, fairy tales, or beautiful books. I have no doubt that it will happily be a number one seller and need no reviews to convince anyone to buy. I adored the story (I hadn’t already read it in its previous anthology form) and the book is a beauty. I generally fall into Gaiman’s worlds with his way with words, and this not-quite Snow White, not-quite Sleeping Beauty, is a world I will dream in for a while. For another, very different, Snow White, read Gaiman’s Snow, Glass, Apples.

The Crane WifeThe Crane Wife: Patrick Ness (Canongate, 2013)
Patrick Ness is a wonderful writer. A Monster Calls left me in tears, and I haven’t yet finished the Chaos Walking trilogy because I wasn’t in the right mood for the ending of the first and it affected me enough to put the trilogy aside! I wanted to like The Crane Wife more than I did. I think I just don’t like literary fiction. I try, and some of it works for me, but the majority doesn’t. Others describe this as beautiful and heartwarming, but I couldn’t forgive the characters for their infidelity, and without liking the characters, it was hard to like the story. It was beautifully written, but just not for me.

We Should All Be FeministsWe Should All Be Feminists: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Fourth Estate, 2014)
This is the slightly edited text of Adichie’s TEDx Talk. Honestly, I prefer the talk as Adichie is a fabulous speaker, but this text is important and should be shared widely. I bought it as Kindle version to support her. One day I’ll finish one of her books (I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read of Half of a Yellow Sun), but it’s my literary issue again. Her anecdote of a male friend being thanked for her leaving a tip came to mind only yesterday when I put my card on the tray to pay at a cafe and the server offered the card machine to Mr Chaos first…

Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: A User Guide to an Asperger LifeNerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate: Cynthia Kim (Jessica Kingsly Publishing, 2014)
Cynthia Kim’s Musings of An Aspie blog is one of the sources that convinced me to ask for an adult autism assessment referral, I adore the way she puts across information in an understandable way. Describing her personal experiences and how Asperger’s affects her and many women. Within the first few paragraphs I was seeing myself again. That waiting to “grow out of” childhood quirks. Kim explains things well, with a positive bent. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone. For more details, see Jax’s review at Making it Up.

The HumansThe Humans: Matt Haig (Canongate, 2013)
My reviews are going to fall apart more at this point as even a few weeks after reading my memory is rubbish. This is why I review picture books ;-) Matt Haig is excellent on Twitter, and writes thought provoking blog posts. I’ve only read The Radleys by him, which I did enjoy. The Humans was conceived at a time of depression, a story of an alien becoming more human than many humans. It is an uplifting read (despite technically starting with a murder) and one I’m glad to have read. I need to read more of Haig’s work (apart from the literary one!)

Shiverton HallShiverton Hall: Emerald Fennell (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2012)
This is a 99p Kindle read I bought at some point and actually got round to reading (I have far too many I haven’t read yet.) It’s quite a fun horror read, set in a boarding school with creepy spirits and a secret to be discovered… As an adult, it’s all fairly predictable but this is probably a good early creepy read.

Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than DeathGoth Girl and the Fete Worse that Death: Chris Riddell (Macmillan Children’s Books, 2014)
I think I may have enjoyed this even more than the first Goth Girl. My only problem with these books is that there’s just not enough to them, I want more. Filled with yet more pastiches of well known characters, modern and classic, and Riddell’s humorous illustrations packing every page, these books deserve a place on any bookshelf. The hardbacks are gorgeous with tinted page ends, ribbon, and full colour mini book. I still do wonder how many children will get half the references, but I don’t think it matters, I’m reading as an adult. As a child, I would have had a different experience.

WitchworldWitchworld: Emma Fischel (Nosy Crow, 2014)
The first in a new series, Witchworld is set in a modern world where no one uses wands or broomsticks any more, not when you have modern technology instead. This makes for lots of fun inventions that are not-quite like our world, and still brings in all the traditional witchery with a grandmother and some supposedly-extinct monsters. I think this is a series that will be well enjoyed, and it’s got the fab Chris Riddell cover to draw you in too.

We Were LiarsWe Were Liars: E Lockhart (Hot Key Books, 2014)
Warning: SPOILERS. This is a much raved about YA book that I got in a 99p Kindle sale and started reading after someone raved about the amazing book and ending. I should never read a book when I know there’s a supposedly twist ending. I’m married to someone who makes films for fun, who understands story in film & TV so well that it’s best to tell him to stay quiet if you watch anything with him, because within 5 minutes he’s usually guessed the entire plot. Some of this rubs off. Perhaps the ‘amazing twist’ would have made this seem a better story. When you’ve seen it a mile off, it’s not particularly compelling. A story needs to be more than just a twist.

Cakes in SpaceCakes in Space: Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre (Oxford University Press, 2014) 
A sort-of not-at-all sequel to Reeve’s & McIntyre’s Oliver and the Seawigs, I loved Cakes in Space far more. I love the number of highly illustrated books that are appearing at the moment, whether it’s in response to eBooks (making paper books more appealing with an added extra), or the costs of printing, or something else entirely; whatever it is, long may it continue. Cakes in Space starts with a family going on a long space trip – 199 years long to be exact. No warp speed get-outs here, there is the weight of being settlers on a new planet long after everyone else you knew has died, wrapped up in the fabulous silliness of killer cakes. I’m recommending this to everyone I know – children and adults.

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a MouseGoth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse: Chris Riddell (Macmillan Children’s Books, 2013)
I’m not quite sure why I waited so long to read this, and it was MG(7) who insisted I buy it as she fell in love with the book. On the plus side, this meant there was only a few weeks until I could read the second. It’s been a hard one for MG, she didn’t get any of the references so when I was giggling over the descriptions of Ada Goth’s governesses, she had no idea why. I think she will enjoy it more read alone, but she was reading it aloud to me. She’s not finished it, but it is aimed at 9+ so she’ll go back to it. The world of Goth Girl is brilliantly mad, it’s hard to explain but easy to fall in love with.

Children of the Folded ValleyChildren of the Folded Valley: Simon Dillon (Gajmo Publishing, 2014)
This was a Kindle freebie, and also written by someone I know. The concept is quite original: a religious cult hidden from the world in another dimension, a pocket of land on the edge of Dartmoor. It’s an intriguing dystopia, a seemingly idyllic world with secrets and lies behind the scenes. It reminds me of M Night Shyamalan’s The Village in some ways, except everyone knows that the Valley is hidden.

After I Left YouAfter I Left You: Alison Mercer (Black Swan, 2014)
After I Left You is set in Oxford, so I can picture much of it in my head. Anna is at Oxford University in the early 1990’s, almost exactly when I was at university (not at Oxford, although I visited friends there) so the world and the characters felt familiar. I thoroughly enjoy Mercer’s writing, and with After I Left You skipping between past and present with secrets and betrayal, its a compelling read. I found myself deeply caring for the characters, and as such I did not like the ending because it wasn’t what I wanted! But that’s why I gave it five stars, because it made me care enough.

Where We BelongWhere We Belong: Catherine Ryan Hyde (Black Swan, 2014)
The blurb for Where We Belong interested me and I was fortunate to get approved on NetGalley to review. When I started it the descriptions of Sophie, the little sister with autism, seemed so negative that I thought I was going to hate the book. But my initial thoughts were completely wrong, Sophie is described how she is, but she is loved completely and utterly for that. The story isn’t really about Sophie and Rigby (the dog) but about Angie, her mother, and the neighbour Paul, with Sophie and Rigby being a catalyst for an unlikely friendship. I couldn’t visualise Paul at the age he was supposed to be. He’s in his late 60’s, but I pictured him 20-30 years younger, plus some of the conversations between Angie and Paul seem very unlikely. Despite that, this is a heart-warming story that I enjoyed, and I would read more by the same author.

Our Week in Books #42

I started the week with high anxiety levels and am finishing it with a cold, so I feel like I’ve achieved very little. There are a couple of ‘urgent’ things on my to-do list that I put off and really must do. However I did put two bookcases together and rearranged the books (again – it won’t be the last time…) I’ve put all the unreviewed books on shelves, which makes sense from a decluttering viewpoint (and I have them marked in a spreadsheet) but not so great from a visual viewpoint, as I can’t see them. Also I have no recollection if I received any review books this week. I think I didn’t, but I didn’t put anything on my spreadsheet and don’t have the box of review books to check. I suppose I could see if I recognise a new one in the shelves, but it’s kind of needle and haystack territory.

On instagram, I’ve been making bookshelves (dull pictures are me)

Putting flat pack bookcases together is surprisingly hard work. I need a electric screwdriver. Or a sonic. Or The Doctor.

On Twitter, I’ve been drooling over new books

On Facebook and G+ I’ve been as non-existant as usual. Ditto on the blog.

Behind the scenes, I’ve thoroughly failed in giving my (mine all mine!) illustrator a spec but have started creating a book database app type thing that should make creating reviews a speedier process so I can populate new blog with actual content. Actual content creation will have to wait until after half term, and I really need to think properly about what I’m trying to achieve for myself.

Right, I shall go back to sniffling and feeling sorry for myself now.

I noticed I’ve been inconsistent with putting books I’ve bought as gifts in my book totals, so I’ve gone back and added them all, hence the jump in cumulative totals this week.

Books added to shelves:
Cakes in Space – Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre (bought from The Book People)
How to Write a Story – Simon Cheshire & Kate Pankhurst (bought from The Book People)
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse – Chris Riddell (bought from The Book People)
Coraline – Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell (bought from The Book People)
Oliver and the Seawigs – Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre (bought from The Book People)
Aliens Love Underpants – Clare Freedman & Ben Cort (bought from The Book People)
Pirates Love Underpants – Clare Freedman & Ben Cort (bought from The Book People)
Aliens Love Panta Claus – Clare Freedman & Ben Cort (bought from The Book People)
Dinosaurs Love Underpants – Clare Freedman & Ben Cort (bought from The Book People)
Aliens in Underpants Save the World – Clare Freedman & Ben Cort (bought from The Book People)
Cumulative: 494 (£762.01) (£3225.78)

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 21

Books removed from shelves: 12 gift books previously not counted (1 to post; 4 still to give as gifts)
Cumulative: 160
41 eBooks. Net bookshelf gain 2014 cumulative = 293

Read 52 books finished this week:
The Crane Wife – Patrick Ness

Year progress: 292/365 = 80.0%
300 Picture Book progress: 320/300 = 107.7%
Read 52 progress: 63/52 = 121.2% (46/52 = 88.5%)

300in2014 A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

Our Week in Books #41

An accidentally expensive book week this week, naughty Books Are My Bag celebrations ;-) But also a wonderful day at Mostly Books seeing Alison Mercer, Tom Moorhouse, Neill Cameron and David Melling (as well as all the fab Mostly Books staff, several of MG & DG’s school friends and parents, the lovely Sally Poyton, and probably more…)

I am socially exhausted today though, and Mr Chaos is at an acting workshop all day for his latest short film. Bleurgh. Kids will be watching TV all day while I grumble about the mess. Sigh.

(some time later)

Today has been better than I thought. I’ve got washing done, dishwasher on, fridge cleared out, recycling collected, kids fed (mainly on junk, but they don’t mind), and I’ve not felt too stressed out. Success.

Not sure what I’ve got up to on social media this week, will just pick some things at random.

On Twitter, I won a Jim Field print – happy happy!

On Facebook, um nothing apparently. I could have sworn I shared some Books Are My Bag things but apparently not. So will share here instead (my gorgeous girls in picture with Neill Cameron)

On Instagram, I’m generally frustrated with my rubbish mobile technology so don’t share as much as I’d like (too much of a pain to take pics on decent camera, put on laptop, upload, then post – hardly instant!)

This is how I'm woken up most weekends - books all over the bed ;-)

Behind the scenes, I’ve commissioned an illustrator for the new blog. Eek! I really, really, really need to get working on the content but I think the free theme I’ve got works so at least no costs there. Have I actually written about my plans? Probably ought to do that. And I could do with accepting sponsored posts again to pay for it.

On a personal level, I have some autism questionnaires to fill in. Four of them. With hundreds and hundreds of questions. It’s quite overwhelming.

Oh, and I eventually posted the books to giveaway winners – one of whom patiently waited six months. Sorry.

Books added to shelves:
Pourquoi? – Alex Sanders (bought from Mostly Books)
Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate – Cynthia Kim (bought from Mostly Books)
Woozy the Wizard: A Spell to Get Well – Elli Woolard (review book from Faber & Faber)
Squishy McFluff: Supermarket Sweep – Pip Jones & Ella Okstad (review book from Faber & Faber)
Borgon the Axe Boy – (review book from Faber & Faber)
Archie Greene and the Magician’s Secret – (review book from Faber & Faber)
We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (99p Kindle)
Bears Don’t Read – Emma Chichester Clark (review book from HarperCollins)
Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death – Chris Riddell (bought from Mostly Books)
The River Singers – Tom Moorhouse (bought from Mostly Books)
How To Make Awesome Comics – Neill Cameron (bought from Mostly Books)
Usborne First Sticker Book Princesses (bought from Mostly Books)
Cumulative: 475 (£703.84)

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 21

Books removed from shelves: none (1 to post)
Cumulative: 148

Read 52 books finished this week:
Nerdy, Shy and Socially Inappropriate – Cynthia Kim
We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Year progress: 285/365 = 78.1%
300 Picture Book progress: 320/300 = 106.7%
Read 52 progress: 62/52 = 119.2% (45/52 = 86.5%)

300in2014 A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

Monsters Love Underpants: Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

Monsters Love Underpants
Monsters Love Underpants: Claire Freedman & Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster, 2014) Author: Claire Freedman
Illustrator: Ben Cort
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Year: 2014
Plot
Rhyming text and colourful double-page pictures tell us about what monsters love more than being scary – can you guess what?!
Chaos Opinion
This is such fun. Monsters, underpants, what’s not to like? The fact that DG(5) has put the three Underpants books we don’t own (yet!) on the top of her gift wish list might give you a hint as to how much she’s enjoying these at the moment. We also love spotting characters from the previous books in the backgrounds (aliens, the pirate’s golden underpants…)

Monsters Love Underpants: Claire Freedman & Ben Cort (Simon & Schuster, 2014)

Chaos Rating
Endpapers. No personal pronouns used, monsters could be male or female. Series familiarity, ‘in-jokes’ in illustrations. Familiar characters from series but book stands alone. Diversity in monster characters. Bright, cheerful illustrations.
Themes
Pants; Monsters; Rhyme; Humour
Blog Tour
Read It, Daddy – top author/illustrator pairings
Wondrous Reads – favourite monsters in children’s books
Library Mice – Claire Freedman guest post
The Book Sniffer – sneak peek behind the scenes
The Bookworm Baby – boxers or y-fronts?
Related Reads
The Underpants series – Claire Freedman & Ben Court (Simon & Schuster, various)
Pants – Giles Andreae & Nick Sharratt (Random House, 2002)
Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants – Giles Andreae & Korky Paul (Puffin Books, 2012)
Dirty Bertie – David Roberts (Little Tiger Press, 2002)
Disclosure
Aliens Love Underpants received for review from Simon & Schuster.

Our Week in Books #40

Actual book reviews this week. And I also finished #bookadayuk for June a mere three months late <cough>

On instagram, I really want a decent mobile camera so I can post more. Wondering if the Hudl2 is any good. I might have got some decent picture at The Story Museum, but this silly one will have to do. Also, go to 26 Characters if you can. It is awesome (three hours, had to drag the 7yo home…)

7yo making herself at home @thestorymuseum #26chatacters We very much recommend this exhibition / experience

On Twitter, mainly whinging I think. And lots of retweets. And pointing out I finished June’s #bookadayuk at last.

On Facebook, just the blog posts this week I think.

Behind the scenes, I have sample images and quotes from two illustrators for the new book blog and I really need to choose, and I really need to find some money behind the sofa or something to pay for it (I may do some sponsored posts again, if I’m offered any!) I also realised that what I want to do for the look is called masonry so I should be able to find a free theme to tweak instead of needing new code written. Just all the actual posts to write to set it up then. Lalala…

It’s also been over three months since the last #300PBs so I really need to get that back up. We’ve just past 300 books here, way behind where we were last year.

I’ve mostly updated Goodreads, adding almost 20 books to the database just so I can keep my records up to date.

Books added to shelves:
How to Train Your Dragon: Incomplete Book of Dragons – Cressida Cowell (bought from Amazon)
The Humans – Matt Haig (bought from Amazon)
Pathfinder – Angie Sage (review book from Bloomsbury / NetGalley)
Monsters Love Underpants – (review book from Simon & Schuster)
The Crane Wife – Patrick Ness (bought from Amazon 3 for £10)
Half Bad – Sally Green (bought from Amazon 3 for £10)
A Blink of the Screen: Collected Short Fiction – Terry Pratchett (bought from Amazon 3 for £10)
Sloth Slept On – Frann Preston-Gannon (review book from Pavillion)
Cumulative: 465 (£672.89) (£3019.08)

Library books borrowed: none
Cumulative: 21

Books removed from shelves: 2 (23 to post)
Cumulative: 148

Read 52 books finished this week:
Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death – Chris Riddell
Shiverton Hall – Emerald Fennell
The Humans – Matt Haig

Year progress: 278/365 = 76.2%
300 Picture Book progress: 307/300 = 102.3%
Read 52 progress: 60/52 = 115.4% (44/52 = 84.6%)

300in2014 A reading challenge from http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup

More Ancient Egypt

Mighty Girl (7) is definitely taken with her Ancient Egypt topic at school. She asked to use the laptop at 7am this morning, and this is what I found in a Word document after she went to school:

AEintro

 

AEchap1

(It’s unfinished because she had to go to school!)

She also drew this picture of the jackal-headed god Anubis at school.

anubis

I thought it was traced at first. I know I’m biased, but I am in awe of what she gets up to on her own initiative. Perhaps home ed at secondary level will suit her best after all…

Also I am a very naughty mummy!

naughtymummy

 

Note: all the colours, fonts, sizing, underlining etc in Word are all Mighty Girl’s own work. The blurring is mine, to hide personal details.

The House That Zac Built by Alison Murray

The House That Zac Built
The House That Zac Built: Alison Murray (Orchard Books, 2014) Author: Alison Murray
Illustrator: Alison Murray
Publisher: Orchard Books
Year: 2014
Plot
A modern re-imagining of the traditional rhyme This is the House that Jack Built, with a boy playing building blocks in a farm setting.
Chaos Opinion
We adore Alison Murray’s books, and this is another gorgeous addition to any bookshelf. With the same characters as Hickory Dickory Dog to lend familiarity, The House That Zac Built loosely follows the style of The House That Jack Built but with less repetition and a more accessible story. There’s humour, mess, and tidying up, with gorgeous artwork and a very readable rhyme. Much enjoyed.

The House That Zac Built: Alison Murray (Orchard Books, 2014)

Chaos Rating
(+) Text leads you to want to turn pages. Rhyme follows familiar pacing. Repetition in text. Familiar characters from series but book stands alone. Emotive illustrations.
(-) Technically low diversity but very few characters.
Themes
Nursery Rhymes; Farms; Farm Animals; Childhood
Related Reads
Hickory Dickory Dog – Alison Murray (Orchard Books, 2014)
Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes (Various editions)
Harry the Dirty Dog – Gene Zion & Margaret Bloy Graham (Red Fox, original pub. 1956)
What the Ladybird Heard – Juila Donaldson & Lydia Monks (Macmillan Children’s Books, 2009)
Disclosure
Received for review from Hachette Children’s Books.

Macavity – T S Eliot & Arthur Robins

Macavity
Macvity: T S Eliot & Arthur Robins (Faber & Faber, 2014)Author: T S Elliot
Illustrator: Arthur Robins
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Year: 2014
Plot
Is Macavity the most well-known of Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats? This book celebrates 75 years of Practical Cats (first published 1939) with new illustrations by Arthur Robins.
Chaos Opinion
Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macavity… I have a special fondness for ginger cats, they do seem like a breed to themselves, and Macavity perfectly captures cat-ness. T S Eliot’s Cats are excellent in any format and this is a great introduction to a well deserved classic.
Chaos Rating
(+) Classic poem. Humorous illustrations. Well paced; text leads you to want to turn pages.
(-) Female characters indicated by colour pink.
Themes
Classics; Poetry; Mystery; Criminals; Cats
Related Reads
Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – T S Eliot & various illustrators (Faber & Faber, original publication 1939)
Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat – Pip Jones & Ella Okstad (Faber & Faber, 2014)
Disclosure
Received for review from Faber & Faber