I wasn’t feeling the prompt for this week’s Top Ten (book merchandise — 10 different kinds of Moomin merch would be rather boring, no?) so I’m doing my favourite wordless /nearly wordless picture books.
I’ve cheated and listed eleven books, but with Sunshine and Moonlight by Jan Omerod, you really can’t have one without the other.
I know I just featured a Beatrix Potter cat a couple of Caturdays ago, but here is another one, called Simpkin.
‘Now all day long while the tailor was out at work, Simpkin kept house by himself; and he also was fond of the mice, though he gave them no satin for coats!’
‘But Simpkin hid a little parcel privately in the tea-pot, and spit and growled at the tailor; and if Simpkin had been able to talk, he would have asked: “Where is my MOUSE?”‘
‘When the tailor awoke in the morning, the first thing which he saw upon the patchwork quilt, was a skein of cherry-coloured twisted silk, and beside his bed stood the repentant Simpkin!’
‘But upon the table—oh joy! the tailor gave a shout—there, where he had left plain cuttings of silk—there lay the most beautifullest coat and embroidered satin waistcoat that ever were worn by a Mayor of Gloucester.’
He is from The Tailor of Gloucester and is the tailor’s cat, and sort of assistant. The tailor sends him out to buy food and thread, but Simpkin’s fondness for mice gets the better of him.
All ends well though, with Simpkin properly repentant.
The Tailor of Gloucester in available to read and download at Project Gutenberg.
Dayan is a fluffy little cat with exceptionally large eyes. He lives in the countryside, in a village called Wachifield, where magical things happen.
As far as I know, there are just four Dayan books (by Akiko Ikeda) that have been translated into English: Dayan’s Birthday; Thursday Rainy Party; White Eurocka; and Chibikuro Party. Yes, he does seem to be a bit of a party animal.
Dayan’s shadow, Chip.
My favourite is Chibikuro Party, which is about a party for shadows. You can read more about Dayan and the books here.
This week’s cat is Canute Goodman, from J. P. Martin’s Uncle books.
Goodman (as he is called) is fond of milk, fish and postage stamps. He is gainfully employed by Uncle (the millionaire elephant) as a watch cat, and to wrap parcels, afix stamps on them and send them on their way. He is one of Uncle’s most loyal followers.
Goodman loves reading and wishes to learn grammar, but is too distracted by mice. He has good handwriting even if it is somewhat untidy.