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These loveable cat poems were written by T.S. Eliot for his godchildren and friends in the thirties. They have delighted generations of children since, and inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber's brilliant musical Cats...

Title : Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
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ISBN : 9780571105588
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Number of Pages : 64 Pages
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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats Reviews

  • Manny
    2019-03-24 01:20

    To My New Feline FriendI know an Abyssinianher name in French is SilicateThe rest of this review is available elsewhere (the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons)

  • Helene Jeppesen
    2019-02-23 02:24

    If you're a cat-lover (as I am), then this is a must-read for you! This is a charming book written in verse, and each chapter is dedicated to a different kind of cat with its own kind of personality. This just goes to show how many personalities a cat can really have and I loved it :)

  • Laurel Hicks
    2019-03-25 07:21

    Someone should set this to music.

  • Mitticus
    2019-03-23 02:36

    Reto 10: Libro con un gato en la portada.En verso juguetón , irónico, fantasioso, paródico e ingenioso T.S. Eliot traza una descripción de felinos disque domésticos. Dicen que tal vez se referia a ciertos personajes de su tiempo, tal vez a nosotros mismos, y hasta que hacia referencias a las creaciones de Kipling y Conan Doyle. Y , sin duda, que le debe ahora el ser mucho más conocido al musical de Lloyd Weber. Pero, sea como sea, arranca reconocimiento a cualquier conocedor de gatos -amante o no de estos - y una sonrisa.A algunos les causó extrañeza que Eliot, censurado por algunos poemas, escribiese algo para niños, pero , claro, un gato tiene más de un nombre. De hecho tiene tres: el que le dan y todos conocen, después uno peculiar que le da orgullo, y luego está aquel, el secreto, que solamente éste conoce...When you notice a cat in profound meditation,The reason, I tell you, is always the same:His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplationOf the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:His ineffable effableEffanineffableDeep and inscrutable singular Name.

  • Jonfaith
    2019-03-07 03:27

    Something in my imagination has been restless. I have craved world building, esoteric codes, political machinations, something to offset the Bob Corkers of my mind. Treading along in endless bureaucracy with handymen and adjusters, I long for the Epic. My wife and I have been rewatching every episode of Game of Thrones for the last two weeks or so. I am enjoying it much more when the narrative is compacted. I reflect on Delbruck and Braudel while listening to Tyrion. I read a story by Scott Lynch last week and I really liked it. I was hoping for more with his Gentleman Bastards series. That has been a flat experience so far. What does it lack? It lacks the sparkle of the Book of Practical Cats. These are wonderful spirits. They bubble and gesture with aplomb.

  • Petergiaquinta
    2019-03-17 09:31

    So, I'm really more of a dog guy, and I don't know if that's the reason or if it was the horribly ridiculous musical or what, but despite considering T.S. Eliot as one of my favorite poets during my college days and despite owning a copy of this book for at least fifteen years, I'd never read these poems until today.I'm curious what motivated Eliot to write these funny and clever little ditties for kitties--the writer feels more like Edward Lear than the elusive, erudite author of "The Hollow Men" and "Journey of the Magi"--but there's a perfect sort of precision to the meter and language, even if the subject is playful and quaint to the point of silliness. Or maybe that's just the loutish dog lover in me coming out; as Eliot writes, "The usual Dog about the Town / Is much inclined to play the clown, / And far from showing too much pride / Is frequently undignified."But even if that's me, I'm glad I finally got around to reading about Rum Tum Tugger, Old Deuteronomy, and Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat. And Edward Gorey's illustrations make Eliot's poems even more fun to read!

  • Teresa Proença
    2019-03-02 03:36

    Gosto de poesia; gosto de gatos. Adorei este livro.Mas, se não gostasse de poesia nem de gatos, de certeza que, mesmo assim, adoraria este livro.Durante cerca de meia hora, pespegou-se-me um sorriso nos lábios que, periodicamente, desaparecia para ser trocado por uma gargalhada...Quer os poemas, quer as ilustrações são lindos e divertidos e, embora T. S. Eliot os tivesse escrito para crianças, qualquer adulto se enternecerá com eles.Um livro que recomendo a quem gosta de gatos e não só..."Há neste livro Gatos tão diversosQue tenho, agora, esta opinião:Quem já o leu ficou habilitadoA entender-lhes formas e feitios.O que já sabem chega para verQue semelhantes são, Gatos e nósE outras pessoas, afinal dotadasDe maneiras diferentes de pensar.Há uns que são loucos, outros com juízoHá uns que são bons e outros ruinsAlguns são melhores e outros nem isso -Mas de todos se fez um retrato em verso."

  • Hussam H Aql
    2019-03-22 05:10

    ديوان لطيف جدا :D..لمحبي القطط

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    2019-03-11 04:37

    Absolutely light-hearted and charming! I think I loved it so much because I could sing along to MaCavity and Rum Tum Tugger as often as I wished; I just didn't turn the page! These cats will give joy to so many for generations. All ages can smile at these rambunctious antics.

  • Kwoomac
    2019-03-18 07:22

    This book was on my Recommendations book shelf, I hope because I'm a huge fan of Edward Gorey, not a crazy cat lady. Unfortunately for me, my library didn't have the edition that Gorey illustrated. So, I read this one. Actually, the illustrations were the only thing I enjoyed about the book. I felt like Eliot was trying too hard to be clever with the names and none of them worked for me. Cap'n Wussenfuss, now that would've been a good name but he didn't come up with that name, I did. They have names like Jennyanydots (stupid) and Growltiger (duh) and Mungojerrie (doesn't really roll off the tongue). There were also some cringey moments in the poems, where he refers to siamese cats as either heathen Chinese or chinks. And finally, I learned after reading this book, that it was the inspiration for "Cats." 'nough said.

  • Leslie
    2019-03-18 01:22

    I had always thought of T.S. Eliot as a difficult and gloomy poet, so these poems were a revelation! Such light-hearted fun which really benefits from being read aloud & the Edward Gorey illustrations were marvelous too.

  • Coos Burton
    2019-03-14 03:24

    Encontré el libro hace muy poco y no lo pensé dos veces, ya se me había escapado en una ocasión y no planeaba que me sucediera otra vez. Se trata de una hermosa colección de poemas sobre gatos con personalidades muy peculiares. Cada texto está acompañado por el lóbrego arte de Edward Gorey, y este fue el empuje que más me impulsó a comprar este libro, ya que es uno de mis artistas favoritos. Y por supuesto, siendo yo una cat lover sentí que no podía perdérmelo. Realmente lo disfruté muchísimo, es un libro muy puro y dulce, y me han encantado todos los poemas al punto de no poder elegir un favorito.

  • Книжни Криле
    2019-03-08 09:39

    Познавам хора, които не харесват особено Т. С. Елиът, познавам и хора, които не си падат по котки... Но не мога да си представя кой не би се прехласнал по "Популярна книга за Котките от Стария опосум"! А двама човека, които са се прехласнали по нея и то не на шега са Стефан Радев и Иван Брегов. Именно те се заемат с предизвикателството тази книга да стигне до нас, и то вероятно във възможно най-красивата си и пълна форма! Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле:https://knijnikrile.wordpress.com/201...

  • Nathan
    2019-03-07 01:28

    [Just like a BUMbersticker:]Like this Review if you like cats but hate Cats (and can tell the dIFFérance).the ReVue:T.S. Elliot poetry about cats.Edward Gorey drawings about cats.Cats doing what cats do.A winning trilogy of characters, that.

  • Connie
    2019-03-21 02:14

    I read this years ago before I saw the musical "Cats". The book is charming and funny, and really captures the personalities of the cats. It's a wonderful little book!

  • Annette
    2019-03-10 05:13

    Dedicate this to my furbaby, Annushka.

  • Jacqueline
    2019-03-17 08:26

    Да ти се прииска да си котка. Целият си достойнство, класа, изящество- идва ти отвътре. Животът ти- или в баронмюнхаузенски стил, или синоним на охолство и домашен лукс. Т.е. никога не е скучно. Да не говорим пък с каква грация и вкус си го живеят.Фантастичен T.S. Eliot. Усмихна ме.***But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,Or spread out his whiskers, or chеrish his pride?***When you notice a cat in profound meditation, The reason, I tell you, is always the same:His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplationOf the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:His ineffable effableEffanineffableDeep and inscrutable singular Name.***With Cats, some say, one rule is true:Don't speak till you are spoken to.Myself, I do not hold with that-I say, you should address a Cat.But always keep in mind that heResents familiarity.I bow, and talking off my hat,Address him in this form: O, Cat!

  • Florence Liu
    2019-03-12 09:20

    Looking at the reviews of this book, I'm slightly ashamed to say that the only reason I read this collection of poetry was because of a musical. It's not because I wanted to read more of T.S. Eliot's amazing work, it's because I watched Cats. I am an Andrew Lloyd Webber junkie. It all started when I watched The Phantom of the Opera, and things just got worse when I watched cats. That being said, Andrew Lloyd Webber is also responsible for some of the books that are on my to-read list - this being one of them. I'm not much of a cat person, but the cats in this book (and in the musical) are so adorable and fleshed-out. They have their own clearly defined personalities, and maybe I'm going crazy, but I'm starting to see these fictional cats in the real cats in my life. Would recommend to anyone looking for some light reading, fun poetry, or cat-lovers in general. Also, for Andrew Lloyd Webber junkies like myself. Super interesting to see where the inspiration from the musical came from.

  • Tweedledum
    2019-02-23 07:11

    Schrödinger's catSchrödinger's cat's a mystery cat, he illustrates the laws; The complicated things he does have no apparent cause; He baffles the determinist, and drives him to despair For when they try to pin him down--the quantum cat's not there!Schrödinger's cat's a mystery cat, he's given to random decisions; His mass is slightly altered by a cloud of virtual kittens; The vacuum fluctuations print his traces in the air But if you try to find him, the quantum cat's not there!Schrödinger's cat's a mystery cat, he's very small and light, And if you try to pen him in, he tunnels out of sight; So when the cruel scientist confined him in a box With poison-capsules, triggered by bizarre atomic clocks, He wasn't alive, he wasn't dead, or half of each; I swear That when they fixed his eigenstate--he simply wasn't there!John LowellOld Possum's Book of Quantum VivisectionPhysics Today, April 1989Imitation is the highest form of flattery!

  • Davie Bennett
    2019-03-13 06:09

    Little-known fact, this book of children's poetry by T.S. Eliot was the inspiration for the cringe-worthy Broadway musical, "Cats." Many of the poems are the lyrics, verbatim, for the show. But if you, like so many others, are revulsed or terrified by the thought of those cavorting, feline freaks on stage, well, just try and put it out of your mind. These are fun poems for kids, and would make great bedtime reading! Unless you are a dog family, in which case you should probably go with "Clifford" or something.

  • Matthew
    2019-03-14 08:22

    Listen to T.S. Eliot read "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzJNYZsVL_c9EMgdSM0ZQ_5y3De8WZfkpThe Naming of CatsThe Naming of Cats is a difficult matter, It isn't just one of your holiday games;You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatterWhen I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.First of all, there's the name that the family use daily, Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey-- All of them sensible everyday names.There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter, Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter-- But all of them sensible everyday names.But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular, A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular, Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum, Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum- Names that never belong to more than one cat.But above and beyond there's still one name left over, And that is the name that you never will guess;The name that no human research can discover-- But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.When you notice a cat in profound meditation, The reason, I tell you, is always the same:His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name: His ineffable effable EffanineffableDeep and inscrutable singular Name.Read the full text here: http://www.moggies.co.uk/html/oldpssm.html

  • Quo
    2019-02-26 08:36

    Long before Andrew Lloyd Webber's fabled musical, I read Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats to my sons and to one of them just after he was born, though I suspect the readings have had no lasting impact of them. These feline tales by Mr. Eliot stand as an interesting counterpoint to The Wasteland and Eliot's more serious musings and they have a kind of enduring charm for me, though they may seem rather dated & even ufunny to many others. I am reminded of Fernando Pessoa's comment that within each of us, there are many voices, a community of spirits as it were. T.S. Eliot was indeed a polymath, an amazingly profound poet & visionary in many regards. And yet it was said that he was quite content working as bank clerk at one point in his life and also very happy with his 2nd wife, someone whose level of education & social background were very removed from his own. Similarly, I am reminded of a friend who went to the University of Oxford but once confessed that he most treasured the time he spends building & repairing model trains. The humor in Mr. Eliot's guide to cats is rather droll, or perhaps "British" as some might term it but the poet was born & raised in Saint Louis & drew some of his images, including Prufrock, from that American river city. So much with any form of humor depends on the way it is spun and listening to others such as Irene Worth & Sir John Gielgud translate the tales of "McCavity the Mystery Cat" or "The Rum Tum Tugger" or "Gus the Theatre Cat" or "Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat" can be an absolute treat, seeming to capture just the right cadence & tone. There is even an old recording of Eliot reading a few of these masterful cat-tales. One of my favorites of Mr. Eliot's felines is Gus, the cat who so laments that theatrical cats today lack the finesse & training that was so common in his own prime, "back in the days when Victoria reigned", when the now elderly Gus performed as "Firefrorefiddle, the Fiend of the Fell". But I am also partial to Growltiger, also known as "The Terror of the Thames", a somewhat seedy cat with character, portrayed with a rather mangy coat, one ear somewhat missing & only one functioning eye but very much the nemesis of "designer cats". And as an example of Eliot's unstinting sort of humor (humour), he does not spare himself:How unpleasant to meet Mr. Eliot! With his features of clerical cut, And his brow so grim And his mouth so prim And his conversation, so nicely Restricted to What Precisely And If & Perhaps and But...So, at some point, do give Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats a glance or two and also look for the old Caedmon recitation with Irene Worth & Sir John Gielgud as well. And just to let you know, I am very much a dog fancier but not so keen on cats.

  • Chana
    2019-03-04 07:14

    Purrrr-fect! It is more rhyming than poetry, kind of an early Dr. Suess or Shel Silverstein; funny rhymes that people can laugh about. And it is about cats, what could be better? I was charmed by the use of language, the creative rhyming and the cats themselves. From "The Old Gumbie Cat"But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begunAnd when all the family's in bed and asleep, She slips down the stairs to the basement to creep.She is deeply concerned with the ways of the mice-Their behavior's not good and their manners not nice;So when she has got them lined up on the matting, She teaches them music, crocheting and tatting."My favorite poem in the book is "The Ad-dressing of Cats"where he does some comparing of cats and dogs. Love it!I'd call this a Happy Book. I recommend it.

  • Kim
    2019-03-16 05:19

    When looking through lists of poetry books trying to decide which to read for my book challenge I knew I couldn't pass this one. Cats the Musical, and this book, are my wifes' favourite and she named my cat after Mr Mistoffelees. It was an amusing little book with fun, kitty stories though was a touch racist in parts. After reading certain poems I watched YouTube clips of the Cats version and found they never quite fit what I had in my head. The tempo of the poems in the book is quite fast which obviously wouldn't always work in a musical.I will now sit down with my wife and watch the whole musical to see how it all connects. A quick, entertaining read.

  • Catriona
    2019-03-01 08:22

    This is a whimsical book full of adventure and funWith cats playing and sleeping and those who even runI think it was the best book ever, butI laughed so hard I almost busted a gut!Nothing is better, not even in the slightestRead it again? I sure mightest!With the magic Mr. Mistoffelees, so quiet and slyQuite the mysterious guy.Or* Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like MacavityHe’s broken human law, he defies the law of gravity*I recommend this book to you all, Though the stories are quite tallI love this book so filled with gleeSo read it please, come on, for me?*Quote from the book*Dear Mr. Steele, sorry for the end rhyme!

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    2019-03-03 03:21

    "Before a Cat will condescendTo treat you as a trusted friend,Some little token of esteemIs needed, like a dish of cream;And you might now and then supplySome caviare, or Strassburg Pie, Some potted grouse, or salmon paste--He's sure to have his personal taste.(I know a Cat, who makes a habitOf eating nothing else but rabbit,And when he's finished, licks his pawsSo's not to waste the onion sauce.)": )Very cute and pleasant.

  • Morgan
    2019-02-25 01:37

    Another quick read I found in the house. I liked this, but not as much as I thought I would. I liked parts of T.S. Eliot's Waste Land that I have read, but this seemed too goofy for me to fully like. I'm also not a cat lover, so that could be another reason. And, most of the poems have been ruined by the damn musical. You can't help but sing most of the poems. At least there was a cat named Morgan at the end that saved me from disliking this hairball.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-23 09:23

    T.S. Eliot oughta immortalise my cat. *nods* *envisions dueling Lloyd Webber for her memory*

  • Brandi
    2019-03-12 09:37

    I enjoyed this book but I have always enjoyed the writings of Eliot. This is the second time I have read this book of poetry and found that I had forgotten most of the poems and how to pronounce the cats names. It was fun to read this classic.

  • Fiona
    2019-03-18 09:38

    Playful. Charming.