Synopses & Reviews
T. S. Eliotand#8217;s playful cat poems have delighted readers and cat lovers around the world ever since they were first published in 1939. They were originally composed for his godchildren, with Eliot posing as Old Possum himself, and later inspired the legendary musical Cats. Now with vibrant illustrations by the award-winning Axel Scheffler, this captivating edition makes a wonderful new home for Mr. Mistoffelees, Growltiger, the Rum Tum Tugger, Macavity the mystery cat, and many other memorable strays. Itand#8217;s the perfect complement to the beloved previous edition, which remains available. and#160;This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 2-3, Read Aloud Poetry)
"This lively and accessible edition of Eliot's classic homage to felines rounds up the familiar gang, with characters like the sprightly Jellicle Cats, who dance in chorus lines on moonlit rooftops, and the vicious Great Rumpuscat, whose fearsome jaws and eyes like 'fireballs fearfully blazing' send rival dog gangs scattering. The distinctive personalities of each cat brought to life by Scheffler's expressive cartoonlike paintings and Eliot's lyrical, tongue-and-cheek wordplay, will appeal to a new generation of cat aficionados. Ages 6 9." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The distinctive personalities of each cat--brought to life by Scheffler's expressive cartoonlike paintings--and Eliot's lyrical, tongue-and-cheek wordplay, will appeal to a new generation of cat aficionados."--Publishers Weeklyand#160;and#160;"Edward Gorey's version (Harcourt, 1982) captures Eliot's nuanced humor in stylized black-and-white cartoons. Scheffler's illustrations add colorful detail and playfulness, but both editions bring out the timeless wit and wisdom of these poems. Make room for both editions; cat (and even dog) lovers everywhere will welcome Scheffler's marvelous work."--School Library Journal, starred review
Re-illustrated version of T. S. Eliot's classic text.
About the Author
T. S. ELIOT won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. He is most famous for such poems as "The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock" and "The Waste Land." He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and educated at Harvard University, but spent most of his adult life living in London, England.AXEL SCHEFFLER has achieved wide acclaim as a children's book illustrator, with many of his books published throughout the world. He's the illustrator of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child, by Julia Donaldson. Axel lives in London, England.