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Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs

Christopher Reid

T. S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Practical Cats finally gets the companion volume that Eliot had envisaged, written by master of poetry Christopher Reid and illustrated by Elliot Elam.

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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 in the world.

For the first time in company history a companion volume will be published. Originally conceived by Eliot himself, Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dog poems are a witty, varied and exquisitely compiled as Eliot’s cats.

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

Reid’s collection of poetry is utterly charming and written in the same whimsical style as Eliot’s, while Elam’s powerful illustrations are reminiscent of Disney’s early animation style.

Children's Books Ireland
Critic Reviews

Clever, witty, and with a seemingly effortless mastery of numerous poetic forms, these poems fizz off the page, aided by excellent illustrations from Elliot Elam.

Carousel Magazine
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A real treat.

WRD Magazine
Critic Reviews

Sure to amuse.

Country Life
Critic Reviews

The poems are more than worthy of the master.


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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