Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Illustrated Edition

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Illustrated Edition

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The inspiration for Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical CATS, and its upcoming movie adaptation, directed by Tom Hooper and starring Taylor Swift (Bombalurina), Idris Elba (Macavity the Mystery Cat), Dame Judi Dench (Old Deuteronomy), Ian McKellen (Gus the Theatre Cat), James Corden (Bustopher Jones), Jennifer Hudson (Grizabella), Jason Derulo (Rum Tum Tugger), and Rebel Wilson (Jennyanydots).

Cats! Some are sane, and some are mad.
Some are good, and some are bad . . .

These lovable cat poems were written by T. S. Eliot for his godchildren and continue to delight children and grown-ups. Eliot's beloved cat poems are a curious and artful homage to felines young and old, merry and fierce, small and unmistakably round, and Edward Gorey's graphic interpretations are sure to charm.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156685689
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 02/28/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 25,481
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: NP (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

THOMAS STEARNS ELIOT was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He moved to England in 1914 and published his first book of poems in 1917. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Eliot died in 1965.

Edward Gorey (1925-2000) wrote and illustrated such popular books as The Doubtful Guest, The Gashlycrumb Tinies, and The Headless Bust. He was also a very successful set and costume designer, earning a Tony Award for his Broadway production of Edward Gorey's Dracula. Animated sequences of his work have introduced the PBS series Mystery! since 1980.

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Illustrated Edition 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I took my granddaughters to see "Cats", but I think some of the lyrics got past them (and me). Now, when the movie comes out, we'll know EXACTLY what they're singing! I've always loved many of these poems, but now I have them all!
Voracious_Reader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How could one fail to love a book about cats (sort of) that uses the word terpsichorean? As an aside, one of our cats is having a kitty dream and is snorting and twitching beside me. Anything that mentions derivation from the Greek muse of dance and song or prestidigitation and leger domain is cool in my book. It's a very sweet book, and, while I'm aware that many well-educated linguists would not call it good poetry, I can't help but like it. The best illustrations accompany Growltiger's Last Stand, Rum Tum Tiger and Macavity. While reading the book one of our cat sat beside me alternating through dreaming, chewing on my pencil, sitting on my book, and making look at me noises, while flicking me with her tail. So needy. T.S. Eliot perfectly captures the eidos of the Cat.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the illustrations! They are perfect and adorable!
drbubbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Strangely enough, I thought it read like a Dr. Seuss book.
lauraejensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Intricate drawings by Edward Gorey enhance the simple silly poems that are more fun read aloud then not. Highlights are "Gus the theater cat" and "The Pekes and Pollicles." Would be great as a unit on poetry, illustrations, or as a comparison to the musical, would be fun to use as skits, read aloud.
bohemima on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The expressive, creative use of language overcomes the slightly tedious thump-thump rhythms of these poems by an author who clearly knows and loves cats. A pleasant surprise from an author usually considered formidable.
MeditationesMartini on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Prominent modernist decided to get cuddly and prove that he's a good sort after all and can enjoy a good feed and a plum pudding, what, and appreciate an furry old rum tum tugger and a chumbly wumbly in his jumbly bumbly dumbly. And cats everywhere pay the price.
kdebros on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful rhymes, very imaginative and fun to read. Also fun to imagine the cats described.
punxsygal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Old Possums's Book of Practical Cats, T.S. Eliot. 4 stars. Years ago I saw the musical "Cats", but did not know it was based upon some of the poems from this book. At the time I did not appreciate it very much. However, I picked this book up for our reading challenge and began. The first poem, The Naming of Cats, was quite good and I kept reading, but really felt things were a little flat. Then I got to Of the Awful Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles--being a dog lover it gave me a chuckle. But somewhere in the middle of the book, I decided to read a poem out loud to myself and that is when the magic took over. The reading out loud seem to bring out the music of the poems. Apparently, poems just aren't to be read like novels.
LA12Hernandez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yes, I did buy this because of the play Cats. And it is a fun read.
ironicqueery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not quite sure why someone with the statue of T.S. Eliot would write this quaint little book of verse, but he did. I think it would appeal to cat-enthusiasts only; it's too much cute and too little of verse that provokes serious thought. The illustrations by Edward Gorey also seemed a step down from his usual work.
Inkwell_Summer07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book an awful lot. It's quite a different side of Eliot than one is used to and I must say I liked this side very much. I even read it to my eight year old brother and he loved it too. The Broadway hit Cats! stole its inspiration from this book I believe, but any similarities end there. I personally disliked the Broadway show. This book does not try to offer any deep cat philosophy. It's just pure fun. And pure T. S. Eliot, of course.
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Janus More than 1 year ago
Leave it to T.S. Eliot to write a book of poems devoted solely to cats. This tiny little slip of a book reads like something Eliot would have done while teaming up with Roald Dahl. It's light, fun and charming. Don't expect anything deep or proof of Eliot's poetic genius here (as if you couldn't tell by the title). The main reason to buy this is to read a small collection of offbeat poems and enjoy the always admirable artwork of Edward Gorey.
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SafyreRose More than 1 year ago
After going to see the musical CATS for the first time and finding out what the play was based on, I knew I had to have this little book. My loving husband purchased this for me as a birthday gift and I've read it a couple of times. Admittedly it is a light read. But if one is a cat lover as I am. It's the perfect thing to relax away a few minutes out of the day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone that's ever loved cats will instantly identify with Mr. Elliot's descriptions. And then to see the play is icing on the cake!
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Merlellen More than 1 year ago
I had to get the book because I sing along with the DVD of the musical CATS! which is based on this book. T.S. Eliott's OLD POSSUM'S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS is a collection of poems that really captures the nature of our feline friends and all of their varied characters. From Bustopher Jones and Jennyanydots to the RumTum Tugger and MacCavity and finally Gus and Grizzabella in their old age all the cats here are wonderful to read about, especially on a rainy day, with a littly furry friend cat-napping at your feet.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Like many other famous writers, T. S. Eliot produced a work, in this case Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, for children -- although much of the humor is best appreciated by adults. But be you anywhere from six to sixty, this book is witty and entertaining, particularly for cat fanciers, as felines are the subject of poem after poem after poem. After discussing how cats are named, Eliot launches into a series of rollicking verses taking us into the secret world of these inscrutable creatures where fantasy becomes reality. Finally the book ends with a discussion on how a cat is to be addressed. My personal acquaintance with Eliot's poetry dates back to the late 1960's when I read 'The Ad-dressing of Cats' in fourth grade and 'Mr. Mistoffeles' in fifth grade. Little did I know that, years later, I would be captivated by such masterpieces as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, The Hollow Men, Four Quartets and others. I'm getting Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats this Christmas for my grandchildren. How about you?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok I loved the musical cats! If you liked the musical you'll love the book!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've never heard of the musical cats you must be living in a hole! Baka its a very famous Msuical based on the collection of poems from this book!