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Tabby McTat, the Musical Cat

Written by Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

A purr-fectly rollicking adventure from superstars Donaldson & Scheffler!

Tabby McTat is a musical cat. He loves his life with Fred, singing songs as people throw coins in their hat.

But one day, Fred has an accident, and the two are separated. How will they ever find each other again?

This purr-fect new picture book from the creators of A Gold Star for Zog and Stick Man is a touching story of friendship, loyalty, singing... and kittens!

Reviews and Awards

Kansas State Reading Circle

“The team behind Room on the Broom pair up again in what has become a near-annual ritual of picture book perfection…. It is, in short, a story of friendship and true love, of loved ones parted and reunited, and the music that binds people (and pets) together. Impeccable rhythm and rhyme distinguish this particular tale, filled, as always, with Donaldson’s exemplary humor and heart.” - New York Times Book Review

“Gruffalo creators Donaldson and Scheffler join forces once again for this lighthearted tale of friendship and music. Donaldson’s lyrical verse reads like a song. Oldsters may see where the tale is headed, but young fans will be happily surprised. Scheffler’s round-eyed characters and bright colors in full-bleed and inset illustrations extend the story. Young listeners will enjoy spotting Samuel in the background as Tabby searches for Fred. ‘MEEE-EW and the old guitar, / How PURRRR-fectly happy we are.’ Sounds like a hit.” - Kirkus Reviews

“A surprising and fun read. [Donaldson] adeptly builds gentle narrative tension that will keep children eager to find out what happens next. Once again, she’s helped enormously by Scheffler, whose bright-eyed, warmhearted characterizations make this a wonderful testimony to the ties that bind.” - Publishers Weekly

“Librarians and teachers can make this rhyming story come to life by strumming a guitar while singing the lyrics in the refrain, ‘Me, you, and the old guitar,/How perfectly, perfectly happy we are./MEEE-EW and the old guitar,/How PURRRR-fectly happy we are.’ Scheffler’s city scenes in saturated colors evoke a variety of emotions, and the expressions on the faces of the kittens and the people are hilarious. Use this book in discussions about relationships.” - School Library Journal

“This pleasant rhyming venture is illustrated by Scheffler with bright, detailed vignettes that carry the story from scene (Tabby ‘hiding the car keys under the mat’) to scene (‘keeping the newspapers nice and flat’). A fun frolic about musical duos who aren’t quite the same without each other. Like their trademark tune, it all ends ‘PURRRR-fectly.’” - Booklist

“Scheffler’s vibrantly colored illustrations are carefully drafted and detailed but casual in tone, and his pop-eyed figures (particularly the fuzzy, striped Tabby and the bohemian Fred) are depicted with plenty of humor and affection. Cat lovers are the obvious audience for this tale, but adults looking for a mellifluous read-aloud selection may also find this the cat’s meow.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Purchase Options
Indiebound • Scholastic Store • Amazon • Barnes & Noble

Fall 2012
Picture Book
ISBN: 978-0-545-45168-0
Price: $16.99/$18.99
Trim Size: 8 3/4" x 11"
Page Count: 32
Foreign Rights: Scholastic UK
Translation Rights: Scholastic UK
Rights Available? yes

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