Love cats? Here are a collection of books about the cute furry little bird murderers.
1. Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats- T.S. Eliot
This collection of cat poems, on which the Andrew Loyd Webber musical Cats was based, has delighted readers since it was first published in 1939. If you can get hold of it, the edition illustrated by Edward Gorey is especially entertaining.
2. James Herriot's Cat Stories
James Alfred Wight, British country veterinary surgeon, is famous for his memoirs of life as a country vet written under the pen name Jame Herriot. His books have been translated into many languages and adapted into the television series All Creatures Great and Small. This collection contains heartwarming stories of cats he met during his long career, complete with beautiful full-colour illustrations. It's a great book for reading aloud to children.
3.Tailchaser's Song- Tad Williams
Written by Tad Williams, author of the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn and the Otherland series, Tailchaser's Song is the story of Fritti Tailchaser, an adventurous tomcat in a world of heroes, villains and gods. It's high fantasy with cats- strange, but fun.
4. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents- Terry Pratchett
Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series of fantasy novels, brings an unusual take on the Pied Piper story with Maurice, a talking cat, who comes up with a brilliant money making scheme. Maurice sets his friends, the rats on a town to make a nuisance of themselves, as rats do. Then Maurice and his partner, a boy named Keith, turn up and offer to rid the town of rats for a small fee.
It's a fun book, full of Pratchett's wry humour and suitable for ages 12 and up.
5. Wish You Were Here (Mrs Murphy #1)- Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown
Mrs Murphy, the "tiger cat" lives with a Welsh corgi named Tucker and their human, Mary Minor "Harry" Harrison, postmistress of the small town of Crozet, Virginia. Harry's nosiness gets her involved in a murder investigation. Luckily Mrs Murphy and Tucker are on the case.
Wish You Were Here is the first of the Mrs Murphy mysteries, co-written by Rita Mae Brown and her cat, Sneaky Pie.