One of the reasons why I love reading classic picture books is that they are usually refreshingly unpredictable. Also, they weren’t afraid to be a little politically incorrect sometimes, which made for highly original and entertaining stories.
One of the biggest worries when it comes to packing, whether it’s to move to a new house, or when you’re going for or returning from a holiday, is forgetting something and leaving it behind. In what must be every pet owner’s nightmare, the family in Lost Cat accidentally leave their pet cat behind in the midst of their house-moving frenzy.
As for their cat Slipper, well, I think we can all surmise how it feels to be stranded and abandoned (albeit not on purpose), not least from those big, sad peepers staring out from the book cover.
It’s widely known that dogs are, by far, more affectionate than cats. Yet, despite their innate aloofness, more people choose to keep cats, rather than dogs, as pets — or, perhaps, it is because cats are more self-sufficient and less needy that they are seen as ‘easier’ to maintain.
Part of their allure also stems from the sense that one never really knows with cats: they just have an air of mystery about them, like you can never tell what they’re thinking, what they’re up to, where they’re slinking off to, or where they’ve been… Which brings us to The Cat at Night, a fascinating and illuminating — in more ways than one — account of the night-time adventures of a farmer’s cat as he goes on a long walk through the farm, a field, a forest and even the city.