Today’s cat is from one of my favourite picture books of all time: Lane Smith’s The Big Pets. As the title suggests, the pets in this book are large, and not just regular-large, they’re as big as houses! On some nights, the children and their animals go to special places to play. The cats head to the Milk-Pool or the Scratching Forest, or the place where the ‘Stringy Vines tease’. The dogs and their children frolic in the Bone Gardens; and in the Grassy Plains, the pet snakes roll and tumble.
And on some extra special nights, there is an entire milky way to play in …
I’m in Taipei and visited Donburi Republic, which is store that sells Studio Ghibli merchandise. This brought to mind Jiji, the small black cat from Kiki’s Delivery Service. With those ears he might be part rabbit!
Behemoth is the large black cat from The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
He is a demon, part of the Devil’s posse, a cruel and violent beast who walks on twos, carries a pistol and loves chess, vodka and pickled mushrooms. Not a nice kitty at all, but I rather admire him, maybe even want to be him.