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  • Pitschi by Hans Fischer (1948)

    Pitschi by Hans Fischer (1948)

    Pitschi is a picture book written and illustrated by Swiss storyteller Hans Fischer, first published in 1948. Pitschi is a good example of a post war children’s book: dangerously cosy with a stay at home message.

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  • Higglety Piggelty Pop! or There Must Be More To Life Analysis

    Higglety Piggelty Pop! or There Must Be More To Life Analysis

    Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More To Life is an illustrated short story, though some might just call it a picture book. The language is too sophisticated to count as an early reader, unlike the Mercy Watson series, of a similar length and also divided into chapters. Why divide such a short story into chapters, anyway? In the…

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  • John Brown, Rose and The Midnight Cat (1979) Picture Book Analysis

    John Brown and the Midnight Cat is a classic Australian picture book by Wagner and Brooks. Children read a different story from adults.

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  • Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore (1993) Analysis

    Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore (1993) Analysis

    Six Dinner Sid is a 1993 picture book written and illustrated by Inga Moore.

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  • Unappealing Cats In Illustration

    Unappealing Cats In Illustration

    Considering how similar cats look in reality, breeding and colour differences aside, it’s surprising how illustrators come up with so many ways of depicting cats in art. Like any other fashion, cat faces have also changed according to era, even though the faces of actual cats have remained… the exact same. How Humans Created Cats: Following the invention of agriculture,…

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  • The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter Analysis

    The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter Analysis

    The Tale of Tom Kitten was created soon after Beatrix Potter had moved into her farm in the Lake District, which she’d bought with the proceeds earned from The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The illustrations are recognisably of Hill Top and of the farmstead’s surrounding village. The cats of the illustrations were real cats who lived there. It was Beatrix’s…

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  • Tobermory Short Story by Saki Analysis

    Tobermory Short Story by Saki Analysis

    “Tobermory” is a short story by Hector Hugh Munro, otherwise known as Saki. Anyone with a pet has probably wondered what that pet would say to you if it could talk. Many children’s stories have this premise, and this particular wish fulfilment fantasy. We imagine if our pets could talk they would say satisfying things. Saki’s story, about a talking…

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  • The Cat Returns Storytelling Notes

    The Cat Returns is a 2002 feature-length anime about a teenage girl who is transported against her will into a feline fantasy world after saving a cat’s life. Writer Aoi Hiiragi also wrote the script for Whisper of the Heart. This is a sort of sequel to that, where the main character writes this story. In written form, this is an ‘urban…

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  • Anthropomorphism vs. Personification

    Anthropomorphism vs. Personification

    Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human-like characteristics, feelings, and behaviours to non-human characters such as animals, Gods, and supernatural creatures. Anthropomorphism is a similar literary device to personification.

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  • Strat and Chatto by Jan Mark and David Hughes Analysis

    Strat and Chatto by Jan Mark and David Hughes Analysis

    Strat and Chatto is a picture book created by Jan Mark and David Hughes. Jan Mark was a British children’s book author who died about 10 years ago in 2006. She wrote for the picture book and chapter book age range. Her subject matter was mostly ordinary kids in ordinary settings. She also wrote plays and collections of short stories.…

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  • Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd Picture Book Analysis

    Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd Picture Book Analysis

    Slinky Malinki is a picture book by New Zealand author illustrator Lynley Dodd. A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays. Old proverb A BRIEF HISTORY OF CATS IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE Sometimes it is difficult not to resent their apparent success, and they are good or evil according…

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  • The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr Analysis

    The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr Analysis

    The Tiger Who Came To Tea (1968) is a picture book written and illustrated by British storyteller Judith Kerr.

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  • Literary Cats

    “I meant,” said Ipslore bitterly, “what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?”Death thought about it.‘CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE!’ Terry Pratchett, Sourcery Catwoman with every fictional cat ever, from The Mary Sue Why Cats Are Ousting Dogs In Literature  from The Telegraph Something they don’t tell you about pet ownership, from Persephone Magazine “Your…

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  • The Tiger’s Bride by Angela Carter Short Story Analysis

    “The Tiger’s Bride” is a short story in Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber collection. Marina Warner writes of stories in The Bloody Chamber, published during the post-war feminist movement which largely denounced fairytales and everything they stood for: [Carter] refused to join in rejecting or denouncing fairy tales, but instead embraced the whole stigmatised genre, its stock characters and well-known…

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  • Scarface Claw by Lynley Dodd Picture Book Analysis

    Scarface Claw by Lynley Dodd Picture Book Analysis

    Scarface Claw is a wonderful animal villain. Honestly, for a close-reading I could have picked any of Lynley Dodd’s Slinky Malinki series (or from the even-better-known Hairy Maclary series set in the same world). I find it impossible to pick a favourite. But if I have a favourite character, it is probably a tie between Slinky Malinki and Scarface Claw. Although…

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