Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

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 the best-selling illustrator of many favourite children’s picture books, including the award-winning The Gruffalo, which has been translated into over 40 languages. He was born in Hamburg, but now lives in London, where his artwork is increasingly inspired by his young daughter. He works in an attic studio overlooking a peaceful garden with a walnut tree and a family of foxes.

Books by Axel Scheffler

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