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Started writing in early 1990's just after daughter Louisa, was born. Centred on family cat stories to exclusion of any other subjects. My author heroines are Beatrix Potter, Alison Uttley and Judith Kerr. Having retired after 41 years at the administrative mill (University and NHS), am now a self-employed eBay reseller and part-time children's book author and illustrator. Find illustrating takes far longer than writing. Although writing for pleasure, desire success in order to support our favourite charities and our children's future. Have focussed on all the writing tasks quite well over the last four years, spending about 5 to 10 hours a week. Have produced eight self-published books (Louisa's Ginger Nuts Series). www.louisasgingernuts.co.uk
on Oct. 22, 2013 :
“This story is specially for the older parent reading to a child, since the jokes require a knowledge of the jazz pantheon and songs from the Great American Song-book” says the introduction to this book. The tale is about cats, and is set in Lyme Regis, so I’m quickly intrigued and, while I don’t know the GAS, even I can appreciate the fun behind names like Captain “Bullpuss on double-bass, Squimps on piano and Mungo Jerrycan on baritone saxophone.” The story is about to be told of a distant cousin who moved South from the Lake District, one of my favorite parts of England. Of course, the transplanted northerner soon adapts to his new, quietly cultured life. A gentle stroll, snacks from the enterprising hedgehogs, eaten quickly to avoid marauding gulls, and the company of gentle dogs, all lead to a pleasingly told tale where cats “macow” and “miaouch!” and then the music starts.
The images are fun and lively—I just wish there’d been more, and earlier in the tale. “Squimps as Caant Basie” is my favorite, though the drummer comes a close second, and the story ends with a happily musical finale before everyone goes home.
I suspect adults more familiar with GAS would read the names more easily and recognize more allusions, but this is a fun little book, enjoyable for adults and kids.
Disclosure: I was lucky and found a free ecopy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)