Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

Publisher details

Authors
Axel Scheffler, T.S. Eliot
Publishers
Allen & Unwin, Faber & Faber
Genre
Children’s Poetry
Released
05 September, 2013
ISBN
9780571240616

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

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Synopsis

This stunning gift edition of T.S. Eliot's classic poems contains vibrant, full-colour illustrations by Axel Scheffler. Cat lovers of all ages will fall in love with magical Mr Mistoffelees, sleepy Old Deuteronomy and curious Rum Tum Tugger. But you'll be lucky to meet Macavity because 'Macavity's not there!'

Good, bad, magical, sleepy, or curious - children and adults of all ages love the varied cat characters and bouncing rhyme of T.S. Eliot's classic poems. These are the kinds of verses you'll recite for years to come.This hardcover, illustrated edition of the poems is packed with specially commissioned colour illustrations by the award-winning illustrator of The Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler, and designed for the whole family to share.It's published on the 70th anniversary of the book and on the 80th anniversary of Faber and Faber, of which Eliot was a co-director.
T.S. Eliot
About the author

T.S. Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot (1888-1965) was born in St Louis, Missouri, USA. He settled in England in 1915 and published his first book of poems in 1917. In 1925 he became co-director of Faber and Gwye-later to become Faber and Fabe-who remain his publishers to this day. Throughout the 1930s he composed the now famous poems about Macavity, Old Deuteronomy, Mr Mistoffelees and many other cats, under the name of 'Old Possum', and included them in letters to his godchildren. In 1939 they were collected and published as Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats with cover illustrations by Eliot himself. They have since been republished with illustrations by Nicolas Bentley and Edward Gorey. In 1981 Eliot's poems were set to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber as Cats, which went on to become the longest running Broadway musical in history.

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Axel Scheffler
About the author

Axel Scheffler

Axel Scheffler is a star illustrator whose instantly recognisable, warm and witty illustrations have achieved worldwide acclaim and numerous awards. In addition to his picture books, Axel is the illustrator of wonderful novelty and gift books for Macmillan, such as the bestselling The Bedtime BearThe Christmas Bear and Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes. He also illustrates the popular Pip and Posy series. Born in Hamburg, Axel now lives with his family in London.

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