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.
My flat has a resident mouse (Robert) that I am desperately trying to catch and remove. I think he was adopted by my cats who have made friends with him. Once I shut the cats up in a kitchen cabinet with Robert and when I opened the door a few minutes later, the cats were just sitting there, looking bored and I saw Robert scrurrying away.
My intention is to trap Robert and take him to the park where he will be released. Hopefully, he will be able to survive there. As much as I like the idea of my cats having a pet mouse, I can’t have Rob hanging around because … disease and death!
Robert and my cats remind me of Tucker Mouse and his pal Harry Cat. We first meet the pair in George Selden’s A Cricket in Times Square, and they are also in Tucker’s Countryside (1969); Harry Cat’s Pet Puppy (1974); and the prequel Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse (1986).
In the prequel we learn how Harry chose his name. He’d overheard two friends talking and one said to the other, ‘Harry — you’re a character!’
The kitten’s eyes blazed at the memory. ‘”Harry — you’re a character!” the kid said. So I knew that was my name,’ said the kitten, ‘since I’ve always wanted to be a character. And a character‘s name is Harry!’
The books are illustrated by Garth Williams who most know as the artist for Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series.