Monday, 9 October 2017

There Were Cats

There Were Cats (1987) Post 283

There Were Cats is a rhyming reading scheme book about a young witch facing her "final test", which is to pick the right cat to accompany her on her life's journey. I remember having a lot of fun doing dialogue and adding world-building details to this story, and it reads aloud well in consequence. The young witch has purple hair, and she gets her cat from a breeder hag who acts rather like any salesman, trying to find the right choice to tempt her customer. Finally, of course, the girl chooses the one the breeder does NOT recommend...and they are very happy together.
The refrain, which I remember though it's many years since I re-read the story, goes, There were cats, cats, cats, mean and crabby cats, white cats, black cats, grey and tabby cats... there were cats!
I recall specifically going for "white cats, black cats" which is an unusual way around, to get children to read what IS there rather than what they assume is there. This book came out in 1987... just a couple of years under the bar which would have seen it deemed "unsuitable".


Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

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