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Macavity: The Mystery Cat

T. S. Eliot
Illustrated by Arthur Robins

T. S. Eliot’s Macavity – the mystery cat and most famous master-criminal cat of them all! – is brought to life by delightfully humorous illustrations from Arthur Robins, a timeless magical partnership.

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‘Macavity’ (the mystery cat!) is one of the best-loved poems from T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – the inspiration for Cats: The Musical – beloved by generations of children and their parents.

Now, Macavity is given a new life in this stunning picture book with illustrations from Arthur Robins that perfectly convey all the wit and humour of Eliot’s creation.

To sit alongside other classics such as The Gruffalo, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and Spot.

‘Arthur Robins’ witty and robust illustrations bring Macavity up to date, delighting a new generation of readers’ Guardian

Critic Reviews

Arthur Robins' witty and robust illustrations bring Macavity up to date, delighting a new generation of readers.

Critic Reviews

It is (Arthur Robins') illustrations that make Eliot's superb poetry accessible for younger children. Ideal for reading aloud, the meaning is clear even where the vocabulary is sophisticated. The colourful and cartoon-like drawings have plenty of detail and added humour.

Critic Reviews

The illustrations capture all the wickedness, it is lovely to be reminded of such a great poem.

Angels and Urchins
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This is a very welcome addition to any bookshelf, whether library or at home. The picture book format ensures it will appeal to the youngest as it should. However, the very modern illustrations suggestive of familiar cartoon worlds, combined with Eliot's genius, make it a book for all ages. Let us hope that there will be more from this partnership.

Books for Keeps
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The choice of Arthur Robins to illustrate the poem was another touch of genius, he can imbue such character into his comic creations - the suspect's line up of cats, for example, is hilarious...I am sure this will prove popular as a picturebook in its own right, but it is certainly a joyous introduction to the poetry of T.S.Eliot.

Reading Zone
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The slippery exploits of Macavity, just one of the much-loved cats from the classic Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, is vividly captured in the cheerful illustrations in this picture-book version.

T. S.Eliot

Thomas Stearns Eliot, poet, critic, publisher, was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1888. He settled in England in 1915, where for a few years he worked in the foreign section of Lloyds Bank. His first book of poems, Prufrock and Other Observations, was published in 1917. In 1922, he became editor of the literary journal, The Criterion, publishing The Waste Land in its first…

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