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Tabby McTat (2009)

by Julia Donaldson

Other authors: Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)

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Fred the street musician and his cat are "purr-fectly" happy, singing together all day long, until Fred gives chase to a thief and the two become separated.

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Tabby McTat works with Fred, a busker. While Tabby's off exploring one day Fred is in an accident and goes to the hospital. Don't worry: Tabby lands on his feet, of course, and he is eventually reunited with his human chum.

Well done. Donaldson manages to get us thinking about a fearful separation without worrying too much, by keeping us focused on Tabby, rather than Fred.

I must point out that although Scheffler's illustrations for Old Possum's couldn't sway me from my Gorey nostalgia, he did completely win me here. The cats and the art style fit beautifully with the story, enhancing it, creating an atmosphere both urban and a little naive.

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  Kaethe | Oct 17, 2016 |
A heart-warming story of friendship, loyalty-and kittens! Tabby McTat is a busker's cat. He loves his life with Fred, singing along as people throw coins in their hat. Then one day, Fred has an accident, and the two are separated. How will they ever find each other again?
  angelad1 | Feb 19, 2014 |
Long story, but really nice. Good rhyme, good story. ( )
  melodyreads | May 8, 2013 |
Tabby loses his master, Fred, and is taken in by another family. However he longs for the life he once knew and will not give up the longing to be reconciled with Fred. The rhyming scheme and flow of the story is very heartwarming and a good read for a read aloud book. It's a good story to learn about loss and reconciliation. ( )
  demmiee | Dec 4, 2012 |
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For my sister, Mary - J. D.
For my brother, Martin - A. S.
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Tabby McTat was a busker's cat
With a miaow that was loud and strong.
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Fred the street musician and his cat are "purr-fectly" happy, singing together all day long, until Fred gives chase to a thief and the two become separated.

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