On the weekend, while feeding my YouTube addiction, I stumbled across a trailer for a movie. An upcoming feature film adaptation of one of the most successful musicals of all time: Cats.

Wait! Don’t switch off, this isn’t about that!

I’m not really one for musicals and, frankly, the trailer for the new movie kind of creeped me out but it got me thinking. I do love cats – real cats, of the animal variety, and they would be a purr-fect subject for this week’s post.

I’m going to start with one of my favourite picture books about cats for young children. It’s about a little girl who is looking for just the right cat to choose to be her very own pet. There are many cats of different temperament and appearance to see and the story is written in a very playful and witty rhyming style. I’m sure most readers will recognise a few cat personalities they know quite well.

Book cover for  I don't want a cool cat

Written and illustrated by popular, award-winning children’s author Emma Dodd, this book was originally published back in 2009 as I don’t want a cool cat. I didn’t realise but it has since been re-published as I love cats! Confused? Maybe they are a pair of Siamese twins?!

Book cover for  I love cats!

We have almost 250 cat related picture books in our collection so, on our online advanced search engine page (click here), just keyword search “cats” in the Anywhere field and “picture books” in the Collection field, and you’ll be up to your ears if fluffy tales about cute (and maybe not-so-cute) and cuddly kitties!

Here’s a small selection to get you started …

Book cover for How to give your cat a bath in five easy steps
Book cover for Furry tales : a treasury of cat mischief
Book cover for The cat wants cuddles

And here’s a nice little rhyme about a fluffy, cuddly cat. Just like yours …

Rhyme: My Kitty Cat Puff

And if that’s not enough catty kookiness, here’s a cool song cover by a ‘band’ I can only blame knowing on my previously mentioned Youtube addiction. Don’t ask, I am getting help.

Now, I don’t know why you would but if you do have to know something about ‘that musical’ it is based on a poetry book, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, written by T. S. Eliot in 1939. The songs in the musical comprise Eliot’s verse set to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

This newer edition contains original colour illustrations by the award-winning illustrator of “The Gruffalo”, Axel Scheffler. We even have a copy you can borrow.

Book cover for  Old Possum's book of practical cats