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.
Kate wakes one moonlit night and is invited, by a white-furred, blue-eyed cat, to join him on an adventure in dreamland.
The best part of this escapade is that Kate experiences it as a pretty grey-striped cat! Even the moon morphs into a beautiful feline and joins Kate and her new friend on their journey, through the dream-filled skies.
This book is very like Lane Smith’s The Big Pets in its magical, dreamy feel, and the glowing illustrations that look like they’ve been dipped in milk!
Jennie Baldrin is the kind and brave little cat who looks after the boy Peter when, following being knocked down by a car, he finds himself transformed into a cat!
Jennie, who has been abandoned by her humans (when they move to the States), takes Peter under her furry wing and shows him the ways of cats.
Jennie, the novel, is by Paul Gallico. My secondhand copy [picture] was given to me by a Scottish friend who, I’m sad to say, I’ve lost touch with. It is a 1967 Penguin edition with its price on the cover (only 3/6!) and a lovely handwritten inscription on the dedication page: ‘8.8.68, Grandma and Aunty, With best wishes from one “cat” household to another.’
There have been many editions of Jennie, each with a quite different cat on its cover, but this is the sweet face I think of when I think of Jennie, even though she’s supposed to be tabby, not ginger.