There is a new moggy on the block and I have a sneaky suspicion that Mog would be rather impressed by the cheerful looking Katinka. Obviously Mog would carefully act very nonchalant about this new feline and I’m sure that she would raise a rather sardonic eyebrow as she continued to munch on her boiled egg. That’s why we love Mog and her slightly gloomy but always loyal disposition. However, we are also very excited to meet the new and rather marvellous moggy, Katinka in Katinka’s Tail.
Tigers And Cats
I grew up reading the books of Judith Kerr OBE. I always remember looking forward to bedtime so that I could read ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’. It was a book that roared its way into my heart and became a firm favourite. The idea of a tiger knocking on your door so that he could eat you out of house and home tickled me. Then there was Mog and her delightful escapades; always getting into trouble but always forgiven by the end. They were perfect books for children because they were like a warm hug before bed. They captivated you but always reassured you. Now my two children are equally enthralled by the books. Therefore, I was delighted when Harper Collins got in touch to ask if we would like to receive Judith Kerr’s latest book – Katinka’s Tail. I’m not sure who was more excited, me or the children.
In our house we have a Christmas tradition of buying a new book to read on Christmas Eve. This was started by the Mother-In-Law who would buy my two a Christmas themed book. We now carry on this tradition and buy a new book for the Christmas pile. However, we don’t necessarily buy a Christmas themed book, it just has to be a very special and magical book and Katinka’s Tail fits the bill perfectly.
When we sat down to look at the book, Youngest marvelled at how beautiful the book looked –
“Oh look at the drawings Mummy, aren’t they lovely!”.
Now Judith Kerr might be in her 94th year but she is showing no sign of slowing down. This is another marvellous masterpiece from her. I am in awe of her work ethic and her talent. Her latest book, Katinka’s Tail, is like a warm mug of hot chocolate for the soul, comforting and always delightful. The star of the show, Katinka, is Judith Kerr’s ninth pet cat. You can see how the observations of her cat have produced such a nuanced book full of magic. As always, her illustrations are full of warmth and they draw you into the story even more. Now Katinka might appear more cheery than her fellow feline, Mog, but she is still equally as eccentric. Mog likes to lick hair and eat boiled eggs, Katinka likes to help her owner get dressed and checks her owner’s shoes for spiders. She is almost human like in her behaviour but Katinka isn’t human, she’s a “perfectly ordinary pussycat” or is she? Spoiler alert – no, she is one very magical cat. The clue is Katinka’s tail. The rest of her body is white but then her tail is tabby and also a little bit special.
A Magical Tale
Katinka takes her owner and readers on a magical tale that will have you captivated. My two loved this book. It’s a gentle and warm tale with a wondrous sprinkling of magic. I loved reading it too because it made me nostalgic for my childhood. This hardback book is destined to be a classic and would make a brilliant book to give at Christmas.
This book will appeal to not only the children, but also parents and grandparents. Everyone will love this book about Katinka,
“She’s a lovely, perfectly ordinary pussycat……Except, of course, for her tail”.
You can buy Katinka’s Tail online from Harper Collins.
Disclaimer – Please be aware that this is a collaborative post. However, as always, all words are my own.