by Dick King-Smith
by Walker Books, 2003
King-Smith has written countless books about animals for children;
the most well-known probably being The Sheep-Pig, made
universally famous since its release as the entertaining family
film, Babe in 1995.
is the story of a little kitten who did not know that cats had nine
lives. His mother decided to let him go to his new home totally
unaware of this important fact. Her decision was based on the realisation
that he was much bolder than his brothers and sisters and had such
an adventurous nature that she knew he would use them all at once.
he goes to live with Bella Donna, his nine lives expire one by one
at an alarming rate. Falling out of trees, down chimneys and getting
trapped under milk-jugs are just some of his exploits.
from Gripper the dog and avoiding being run over by a lorry simultaneously,
leaves Aristotle with his ninth and final life. Is it just a coincidence
that he has survived several narrow squeaks and lives to old age
or might it have something to do with the fact that Bella Donna
is not just an ordinary cat-owner?
is a perfect book for beginner readers. Packed with loads of adventure
and accompanied by delightful illustrations by Bob Graham, it will
undoubtedly be a firm favourite among children from ages six or
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