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Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs

Christopher Reid

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I’ve rounded up a rowdy assembly
Of my own Consequential Dogs
As counterparts to Eliot’s mogs.
Mine are a rough and ready bunch:
You wouldn’t take them out to lunch . . .
But if they strike you as friendly, funny,
Full of bounce and fond of a romp,
Forgetful of poetic pomp,
I trust you’ll take them as you find them
And, at the very least, not mind them.

T. S. Eliot’s best-selling collection of practical cat poems has been one of the most successful poetry collections ever. At last, in the 80th year of Old Possum’s Cats, we have the companion volume that Eliot had envisaged, written by master poet and Costa-winner, Christopher Reid.

This wonderfully witty and varied collection, illustrated in full-colour by the brilliant Sara Ogilvie, is perfect for younger readers to appreciate. A book that will be enjoyed by generations to come, perfect for reading together!

Critic Reviews

Reid is a real master craftsman, and even though his poems are pitched at younger readers, perhaps from seven or eight and up, there is plenty for grown-ups to enjoy too

Critic Reviews

Utterly charming.

Children's Books Ireland
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Clever, witty, and with a seemingly effortless mastery of numerous poetic forms, these poems fizz off the page.

Carousel Magazine
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A real treat.

WRD Magazine
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The poems are more than worthy of the master.

Critic Reviews

Here is a book for all ages.

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Christopher Reid is the author of many books of poems, including A Scattering (winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award 2009), The Song of Lunch, Nonsense and The Curiosities. For his first collection of poems for children, All Sorts, he received the Signal Award 2000. From 1991 to 1999 he was Poetry Editor at Faber & Faber, where…

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