The Illustrated Old Possum

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Not in Hong Kong? Choose your country's store to see books available for purchase. Some are sane, and some are mad. Some are good, and some are bad. The original Old Possum's illustrations have been lovingly restored and are showcased in this beautiful new hardback edition, perfect for children and Eliot aficionados alike.

These lovable cat poems were written by T. Eliot for his godchildren and continue to delight children and grown-ups.


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The collection inspired the musical Cats! Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide. Norse Mythology. Neil Gaiman. The Shepherd's Crown. Terry Pratchett. Raising Steam. Rudyard Kipling. A Hat Full of Sky. The Wee Free Men. Cassandra Clare. To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee. The Queen of the Tearling.


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    A Court of Thorns and Roses. The Glittering Court. Richelle Mead. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Ghosts of the Shadow Market. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Half Way Home. Hugh Howey. October Carve the Mark. Veronica Roth. War Storm. Dragons at Crumbling Castle. Marissa Meyer. Empire of Night. There're examples of particular cats, such as the one eating his way to rotundity by calling on a host of London clubs. There's even the saga of the loving and loveable rogue getting his comeuppance at the hands of a huge gang on a moonlit barge.

    And so the book is quietly re-released for the second time already in this, its 75th year. It's not flagged as such but this jubilee moment should be considered — were it not for the fact it was also probably put out in its 74th year, and probably many of the years since its wartime birth. I know why it's published so often — it's a classic, pure and simple — but I don't know why the publishers are being so circumspect about it.

    They also seem to be missing the boat something perhaps Growltiger ought to have done with the illustrations, for here we have a reprint of the original colour edition of Yes, even with wartime paper shortages this book was immediately being gifted the honour of colour illustrations. Now I don't like them — they seem weirdly chosen a man and his goose… OK, but there are cats to convey — and the book has at times appeared more prettily, but these will be 75 themselves the year after I write this.

    So while I think they're old-fashioned in their seemingly forward-looking, modernist style, and just a little too weird, they've lasted and they need revisiting. This book is a perfectly decent way for us to honour that, and a perfectly fine family heirloom in the making. There are many baby Fabers out there who would adore receiving a volume like this, and would be more than happy to engage with the verse numerous times. I myself have done that, and I see nothing wrong in it whatsoever. To see it through the eyes of a modern illustrator, and one more concerned with the variety and character of cats, I would probably turn to Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T S Eliot and Rebecca Ashdown Illustrator instead.

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