Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats: with illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown: 1 (Faber Children's Classics)

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats: with illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown: 1 (Faber Children's Classics)

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats: with illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown: 1 (Faber Children's Classics)

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Eliot wrote the poems in the 1930s and included them, under his assumed name "Old Possum", in letters to his godchildren. Scheffler has produced a marvellous edition, fit to stand alongside the previous illustrated editions of the whole book, and it even compares favourably to the darker-hued Erol LeCain illustrations for five of the poems. This is a charming book written in verse, and each chapter is dedicated to a different kind of cat with its own kind of personality. But even if that's me, I'm glad I finally got around to reading about Rum Tum Tugger, Old Deuteronomy, and Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat.

As well as the characters found in the book, Cats introduces several additional characters from Eliot's unpublished drafts, most notably Grizabella. Despite this, it takes someone older to understand the eccentric brilliance of this darling little book. I read it to my grandchildren of 9 and 5 and they enjoyed it very much, especially as they have cats at home. I especially loved “The Rum Tum Tugger,” about a contrary cat who always wants what he can’t have and never wants what he’s offered: “When you let him in, then he wants to be out; / He’s always on the wrong side of every door.cm, the quality, blue hardcover book with gold titling is covered in a catty-themed DJ also with gold coloured lettering that twinkles mischievously in the change of light.

S. Eliot as one of my favorite poets during my college days and despite owning a copy of this book for at least fifteen years, I'd never read these poems until today. The penultimate poem, “The Ad-dressing of Cats,” comes full circle by again explaining how important names are to cats. Admittedly the hyper-sexualisation of Eliot’s text is eyebrow-raising, and means this is certainly no Pixar movie.

Eliot's poems are the source material for Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats which is what inspired me to pick this up. In addition, Geoffrey Tandy would be the first to present the cat poems to a wider public, as he read parts of Practical Cats on BBC radio on the Christmas Day of 1937, two years before the book was published.

Durante cerca de meia hora, pespegou-se-me um sorriso nos lábios que, periodicamente, desaparecia para ser trocado por uma gargalhada. The book features all the poems and is really fun to flip through and read with children, I find myself wanting my own copy. I would have liked it if individual lines had had their own illustrations and it would have been good for the text to wrap itself around the pictures. Okay, after I finished reading this classic, I decided to gird the proverbial loins and watch the Tom Hooper movie for the first time.

The Waste Land, first published in the inaugural issue of The Criterion in October 1922, celebrates its centenary in 2022. And I have to say that Hooper does a pretty good job in outdoing the bonkers quotient of the musical, which certainly is no mean feat.

The best-known musical adaptation of the poems is Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats, which was premiered in the West End of London in 1981 and on Broadway in 1982.He settled in England in 1915, where for a few years he worked in the foreign section of Lloyds Bank. I’m not sure the CGI is entirely convincing, as these cat-human hybrids seem much more of the latter than the former (the meowing is definitely unconvincing; Dame Judi Dench throwing a ham bone made me guffaw out loud). It has a layout and font which would appeal to children and the paper is magazine-glossy so any mucky fingerprints could be wiped off. The British rock band Mungo Jerry derived their name from the book's poem " Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer". It always raises a smile when I finally get to read something that has had so much influence and been referenced so many times and yet I had NOT a clue about it.



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