Friday, 25 October 2013

Famous Felines of Fiction - Part 1

If any of you are regular readers of my blog posts you make notice a few changes to The Five Cats Chronicles blog. I know it is Autumn but I thought it was time to have a Spring clean, a spring clean in Autumn??? Yes well if you know me you should know by now I try not to be too predictable, some may say I am a bit different and others..... well you get the picture.  I hope you like the new look Five Cats Chronicles, mum and I spend hours and hours last weekend trying to come up with something original.


 MOL Did I get your attention there, that was the intention anyway, as Chief Promotions Executive (impressive title don't you think) of Mum's books (at the the moment book) I am happy to announce that we have a Book Giveaway on Goodreads. Goodreads members can enter the Giveaway; see below, to win a paperback copy of Lilibet's Secret Diary.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Lilibet's Secret Diary #1 by Pauline Christou

Lilibet's Secret Diary #1

by Pauline Christou

Giveaway ends January 01, 2014.
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Famous Felines of Fiction, now there are many Famous Fictional Felines; I wrote a chapter about them in my Little Book of Cats. But how many felines are there in Fiction, I decided to find some and share them with you over the next two posts.
The Cheshire Cat

I expect many of you have heard about the Cheshire Cat in Alice In Wonderland. He is the constantly smiling and appearing and disappearing cat in the book by Lewis Carroll. But do you know why the cat is always smiling?
To grin or smile like a Cheshire cat is an idiom that mean to grin or smile broadly. It is thought that this came from the fact that Cheshire had a lot of dairy farms, hence the reason why the cat is smiling the abundance of milk and cream. I think I may have already explained this one in a previous post, but I have included it for those of you who haven't already seen it. 

You can download a free ebook version of Alice In Wonderland with illustrations by Arthur Rackham here:

'But I don't want to go among mad people,' said Alice
'Oh, you can't help that,' said the cat 'We're all mad here.

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots, or Le Chat Botte as it was known in France. Is a literary fairy tale written by Charles Perrault in the 17th century. The cat uses deceit and tricks to win the hand of marriage to a princess for his master, and to also gain power and wealth for himself. 
The story was included in a book of eight fairy stories by Charles Perrault called Tales of Passed times and it proved to be very popular. You can find the whole book here: you may notice a number of very familiar fairy stories.
You can also download a free ebook version here: 

Puss in Boots also appears in Tchaikovsky's ballet; Sleeping Beauty and his story regularly is performed in Pantomimes and more recently in the Shrek series of films. 

Carbonel: The King of Cats

Here is a more contemporary story, written by Barbara Sleigh in 1955. Carbonel - The King of Cats is the first of a trilogy. Rosemary decides she would like to make some money during the summer holiday, by cleaning houses. She goes to the market and is persuaded by an old lady to buy a second rate broom and a cat. But all is not what is appears and Rosemary finds herself with not just any cat and not just any old broom either. 

The old lady is a witch the broom is a magic flying broom and the cat is a prince of royal blood. 

Click on the image to find out more.

I hope I have whetted your appetite for Fictional Felines, be back with more next time.

As promised I said I would announce the nominations for the Purrime Ministerette of Plant Purrth Award

Drum roll please..........

  1. Tabby Cat Club
  2. Felix and Jasper Blogalot
  3. Abby Dawg Blog

This award come with seven rules that have to be complied with to formally accept it.

  1. Bow for your Purrime Ministerettes and confirm on your blog you have done so.
  2. Show a picture of you watching Purrime Ministerette movies. Pictures or it didn’t happen.
  3. Tell Planet Purrth that it needs a change and explain what kind of change you have in mind.
  4. Ask your Purrime Ministerettes what you never dared to ask before.
  5. Bow again for your Purrime Ministerettes and confirm on your blog you have done so.
  6. Forward the Purrime Ministerette of Planet Purrth Award to at least 3 other blogging anipals.
  7. Do not change the rules without explicit written Purrime Ministerette purrmission.
  8. Actually there isn't a rule number eight just checking to see if you are reading this blog properly. 
So what has been going on in my patch lately, well to be honest not very much of late. We have all been getting along fairly well lately, apart from yesterday. Sooty has been in a bit of a grumpy mood these past three days and nobody seems to know why. I caught a swipe from him yesterday, which I must say was absolutely not necessary Sooty so sort yourself out please. 

Someone decided it was a good idea to leave the humans a present of a dead bird three days ago; they as usual were not very happy with it. Hang on a minute maybe that is why Sooty is in a grumpy mood. I also must add that is wasn't me, that left the dead bird on the patio. I was sleeping inside the house at the time. 
Anyway I have to go now as I has my furry backside is aching from sitting in one place too long. See you all again soon.