The magic of TS Eliot is re vamped with a new look courtesy of Axel Scheffler - perfect for a generation familar with The Gruffalo, Charlie Cook and Stick Man.
I have spent a lovely Sunday afternoon reading this aloud to my 8 year old. The language is rich and clever - I have enjoyed exposing her to the genius of Eliot and the magic of his truly great verse.
This is the perfect way for a new generation to get to know Mr Mistoffeless, Rum Tum Tugger and Gus the theatre cat. Our favourites were The Ad-dressing of Cats, the essential etiquette guide for greeting cats.
"I bow, and taking off my hat,
Ad-dress him in this form: O CAT!"
The antics of Rum Tum Tugger also gained some giggles,
"But he'll leap on your lap in the middle of your sewing,
For there's nothing he enjoys like a horrible muddle."
Axel Scheffler's illustrations provide familiarity and entertainment, their quirky qualities add to the entertaining verse.
The younger ones may struggle a little with reading this unaided, some of the words will stretch them, (although with my teacher hat on I have to say that can be a very good thing as long as they don't feel overwhelmed) ... however, the CD-audio version could be a great accompaniment to this, after all, great poetry is designed to be read out loud.
If you are looking to expand your child's experience and knowledge of literature - then this is a great place to start. This one will be around for ages - my best friend had her copy with her at university - a firm favourite.
Did you know that this collection of poetry inspired the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical Cats? Longest running on Broadway, West End ... see the clip below if that's your sort of thing! Mine certainly found it entertaining having just read the poems themselves!