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.
Here he is (from the cover of the Double Day edition of The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett) with his educated rodents. Not exactly a lovable chap, but certainly an interesting fella.
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!