Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Famous Felines of Fiction - Part Two

Hello dear reader,as promised here is part two of Famous Felines of Fiction.

Macavity the Mystery Cat

Macavity is one of  the many cats in the book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot. The book is a collection of poems which T.S. Eliot wrote in letters to his godchildren in the 1930s. The poems are "written" by Old Possum. The first edition of the book appeared in 1939.

Macavity is a master criminal but he too clever to leave any incriminating evidence of his crimes; crimes such as stealing milk and cheating at cards. T.S. Eliot modelled him on Sherlock Holmes nemesis Professor Moriarty.

Old Possum's cats also found fame in the Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Cats.


Aristotle is a children's fiction book written by Dick King-Smith and illustrated by Bob Graham. Aristotle is a kitten who lives with a good witch called Bella Donna. He depends on the magical powers of Bella Donna to keep him his nine lives as he is often puts himself in the path of danger, with his various adventures.

The Cat in the Hat

Dr Seuss; real name is Theodor Geisel; wrote The Cat in the Hat in 1954. The story was in response to an article written by John Hersey in Life magazine, titled : "Why Do Students Bog Down on First R? It was about the national reading problem. Hersey was critical of the books given to read to primary school children. He complained that the pictures were too dull and the children in books did not reflect the behaviour of real children.

Ted (Theodor) a writer and illustrator was asked by to product a book suitable for six/seven years old. He was given a list of words that the age group would recognise. And so The Cat in The Hat was born. The cat is cheerful and wacky and performs amazing tricks

The book was extremely popular letting to other Dr Seuss books. The Cat in the Hat was voted one of the Top 100 Picture Books of all Time in a poll in 2012.


Ginger is a tomcat and a character in one of Beatrix Potter's stories; The Tale of Ginger and Pickles. The book is the tale of two shopkeepers Ginger the cat and Pickles a terrier. Their shop sells various goods amongst their customers are mice and rabbits, Ginger and Tom both have problems trying to control their predatory instinct when they come into the shop. 

Tabitha Twitchit (another cat) has the only other shop in the village but she refuses credit to anyone, thus reducing the amount of customers. Ginger and Pickles unwisely give unlimited credit to customers and eventually goes out of business. 

The story was published in 1909 originally with black and white illustrations by Beatrix Potter.

So there you have another four Famous Felines of Fiction, some familiar and maybe some not. There are of course many other felines of fictions, I will share some more with you another day.

I am currently working on a book of poems and hopefully I will publish it before the end of the year. See you next week.