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The Catlady

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Muriel is known as the Catlady, because she lives alone with just her many cats for company. When a new kitten is born, it soon becomes clear that it’s no ordinary cat. Vicky is a kitten with a very regal character, and strangely enough, she was born on the very day that Queen Victoria died!

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Paperback, 80 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Yearling (first published July 1st 2004)
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King-Smith's books have so far been big winners for Logan, who is nearly 7 and loves animals. Elderly Muriel Ponsonby lives with so many cats, the townsfolk call her the Catlady. They like her because she is kind and polite, but they sense she's "barmy." Maybe that's because she's convinced that some of the cats she lives with are reincarnations of friends and family, including her parents. A sweet story about kindness, and an interesting intro for L to the concept of reincarnation and what the ...more
Karen GoatKeeper
This book was a happy accident. I was looking for another book and the title caught my eye. It is short and easy to read at a single sitting.
It is definitely English and set around 1910. Muriel Ponsonby is an old spinster with a house full of cats. She believes in reincarnation. As she ages a young orphan girl moves in to help her. The stage is set for a delightful plot.
Although shelved in the children's section of the library, anyone can enjoy reading this little story. The author has written s
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In 1901, Muriel Ponsonby lives on her parent’s country estate with a large family of cats. A firm believer in reincarnation, Muriel looks every kitten in the eyes (as soon as they are open) to see if the tiny animal is just a cat or someone else come back to life. Her deceased parents returned as cats and live in their old bedroom. Various aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends live with Miss Ponsonby. Queen Victoria inhabits the body of a kitten born at the estate on the day she dies. As Muriel ge ...more
May 27, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a very strange, but sweet tale about a woman who loves cats and is a firm believer in reincarnation. The narrative is not too long and has a decidedly English flavor. The story is set in early twentieth century England and we learn quite a bit about the English gentry and the death of Queen Victoria. The black and white illustrations are very cartoonish and complement the story nicely. The Hindu philosophy of reincarnation is woven throughout the tale and it was a new concept for our gir ...more
I had to read one of Dick King-Smith's books besides Babe: the Gallant Pig. A fun transitional reader for kids who want animal stories.

Elderly Muriel Ponsonby lives in a large old mansion with dozens of cats, some of them are reincarnated friends and family. One cat is even the late Queen Victoria. Muriel is fortunate to have a destitute orphan drop by on a cold winter night. Just the person she needed, someone to help her with the cats. What will happen to the cats and all of her money when Mu
I loved this little children's book. It was the story of a lady that lives with many cats. She believes in reincarnation and that some of her cats are old family members of hers and even Queen Victoria, who had just died. So the story takes place in 1901. It was really cute and a lot of fun.
Dick King-Smith writes books about animals and he is very good at it! He is the author of the beloved Babe: The Gallant Pig that you may have seen as a movie. Also by King-Smith is Funny Frank, The Golden Goose, Lady Lollipop, and many more.
The story of a quirky spinster who believes in reincarnation, and sometimes recognizes the past (human) lives in the kittens she raises. One of whom was Queen Victoria. Quick to read, funny, and sweet.

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A the end the Cat lady turns into a cat. She thought all her cats were her relatives who had died.
Rachael Stein
An odd, slight little novella.
I like this twist on reincarnation.
Feb 14, 2011 James added it
its mystirious to me
Cheryl Rose
Love this charming story.
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Dick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England, surrounded by pet animals. After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children's books.

Dick writes mostly about animals: farmyard fantasy, as he likes to call it, often about pigs, his special favorites. He enjoys writing for children, meeting the children who read his books, and knowing that they get
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