Top Ten Tuesday: No Words

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.







Caturday: No More Twist!

Simpkin returns with a ‘penn’orth of bread, a penn’orth of milk and a penn’orth of sausages. And the all-important penn’orth of cherry-coloured silk.

Is it really Caturday again?

I know I just featured a Beatrix Potter cat a couple of Caturdays ago, but here is another one, called Simpkin.

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.


Caturday: Dayan

Dayan and his shadow in ‘Chibikuro Party’.

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.


Top Ten Tuesday: Creepy Reads

As it’s the eve of All Saints Day tomorrow (OK, OK, Halloween), here are ten books that I find super creepy in that quietly disturbing way that’s so much more frightening (to me) than anything bloody and violent.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.



Hardboiled & Hard Luck by BananaYoshimoto

Manazuru by Hiromi Kawakami

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Dracula by Bram Stoker

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Ring by Koji Suzuki

Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow

Caturday: Ginger Shopkeeper

Ginger CatThis Caturday’s cat is Ginger from Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Ginger and Pickles.

Ginger and Pickles owned a grocery shop: ‘Ginger was a yellow tom-cat, and Pickles was a terrier.’

The rabbit customers were afraid of Pickles, but the mice … ‘Ginger usually requested Pickles to serve them, because he said it made his mouth water.’


The shop failed because Ginger and Pickles gave unlimited credit. But all ends well with Ginger living in a warren and getting stout.

The book is available on Project Gutenberg.