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Atticus Claw Breaks the Law

(Atticus Claw - World's Greatest Cat Detective #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Meet Atticus Grammatticus Cattypus Claw, the world's greatest cat burglar. He's a tabby who spells trouble. And he's been hired by the fiendish Jimmy Magpie to steal all the jewels in Littleton-on-Sea.

Atticus needs a temporary home - preferably one with lots of sardines provided. But when he adopts Inspector Cheddar and his family, Atticus starts to wonder, is
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Published September 6th 2012
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Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lasu-bērniem
Protams, kā jau bērnu grāmatā, visi pieaugušie ir pilnīgi idioti. Protams, vienīgi bērni var atrisināt rotaslietu zādzības, ko veic kaķis žagatu pasūtījumā. Bet, arī bērnu grāmatā ir jābūt iekšējai loģikai, kā pie šiem izmeklēšanas secinājumiem tiek nonākts, nevis tikai tāpēc, ka lasītājs to zina, jo ir bijis notikumu aculiecinieks.

Šie zvēri nav nekāds Padingtons, cilvēku acīs viņi ir parasti dzīvnieki, un tajā pašā laikā policisti slēdz tos rokudzelžos (kā???) un liek cilvēku cietum
Nurhayati Ramlan
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

This book is so cute, fun and hilarious!!
The second half of the book was my favourite, I couldn't stop laughing.
And god, have you seen Atticus on the cover? I keep on peeking because damn, I want to rub that belly so much. EEEPPP!!!

Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-best-read
Funny and so good! A story about a cat. What's not to like?!
Mārja Herobrine
Es domāju, ka Stiķis ir ļoti drosmīgs kaķis bet žagatēns Džimijs un viņa banda ļoti ļauna
Kylie Purdie
Jan 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
One of the aspects of my job that I love is running kids literary events. Once a month we run a kids book club, aimed at primary aged children in an attempt to engage with and widen their reading experiences. In January my colleague and I ran the book club based on the Atticus Claw series. I hadn't read any, so thought I should have a go at least one!
Atticus is a pretty cool cat. He goes from a life of crime and loneliness to being a crime fighter with a family. The villains, in the form o
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was chosen to read for the "your name" theme at the library book café.

There was quite a bit to like in this story of an actual cat burglar, a gang of magpies and the family of the local police officer. There's quite a nice theme of not fitting in, and not really wanting to fit and then changing. Some fast paced and ludicrous scenes to enjoy. Overall though it didn't quite satisfy - as the opener in a series it felt as though we were starting in the wrong place and it wasn't easy
Kristīne Līcis
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-kids
Gana jautrs un dēkains lasāmais par stilīgo kaķi Stiķi Gramatiķi un žagatu bandu. Visa darbība risinās parastā pilsētiņā ar parastiem cilvēkiem, tā ka jaunais lasītājs viegli var sevi redzēt viņu vietā, bet notikumi ir gana fantastiski (žagatu sazvērstība! kaķuzaglis!), lai arī iztēlei būtu darbs. Vienīgais iebildums ir pret absurdi idiotiskjiem policistiem, dežurants seržants ar komposta kaudzē atrasto karoti pilnīgi noteikti ir pārspīlēta ņirgāšanās, no tā vairāk ļaunums, ne komēdija.
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked the characters of Mr and Mrs Tucker I could imagine them sadly not Callie or Michael which I would have liked. Looking forward to reading the following books in the series as I'd like to feel more of a connection with the characters which I didn't in this first book.
Vasilisa Savchenko
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
not so good
Ellen Zarate
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great read for elementary readers who like adventure and a bit of mystery.
Lakis Fourouklas
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Atticus Claw Breaks the Law by Jennifer Gray is a story about a couple of criminal masterminds that belong to the animal world, a cop who’s desperate to get a promotion and a couple of kids who would do anything to shed light on a mystery.

The first thought that crossed my mind when I saw this book was: this sounds fun. And it is fun. But, it’s also thought provoking, deeply human and, unavoidably, feline.

Meet Atticus Grammaticus Cattypuss Claw, a cat unlike any other. Att
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Atticus Grammaticus Cattypuss Claw is a well-established, and quite possibly the best, cat burglar in the world. One day, whilst chilling in Monte Carlo, he is rudely interrupted by an edgy pigeon with a message. Atticus is offered a big burglary job in the town of Littleton-on-Sea by as of yet unknown employers. Little does he know that this will lead to Atticus readdressing his profession, becoming a part of the Cheddar family and being framed by some spiteful, yet dim, magpies hell bent on co ...more
Christina M Condy
I received this book for my honest review...

This is a fantastic book for all the family, its full of fun and excitment and the kids couldnt wait to hear what would happen next.

Atticus Grammaticus Cattypuss Claw is a "cat" burglar. He receives a message to go to Littleton-on-Sea to meet with the person wishing to hire him. So he sets off to England to meet with this mysterious boss. When he gets there he meets Jimmy the boss who is a magpie. Yes I know a magpie hiring a cat to steal for him. St
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Alustuseks peab vist ütlema, et raamatu tõlge on veel talutav aga toimetaja võiks ikkagi üle vaadata, kas raamat ka loetav on. Väga palju trükivigu ja lausa kohti, kus tekst on puudu või topelt trükitud.
Raamat ise on kirjutatud justkui õpikunäitena, mis võiks lastele meeldida. Üleannetu murdvargast kass? Olemas. Palju huvitavaid kurikaelu? Olemas. Humoorikas vana merekaru lahtise suuvärgiga? Olemas. Ja palju muudki. Nii et minu pojale meeldis see raamat väga. Võib-olla aitas sellele kaasa
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this to my 7 year old son. I think maybe he needed to be a little older, but he did enjoy it. I only say he needed to be older because it didn't hold his attention completely like some shorter books do and we kept having to come back to it after a few days off. However, he did like the story. I think it was well written, not a classic, but not hard for a parent to read either. The kids will love the different animal characters. My son was particularly fascinated by the villains of the boo ...more
Heather Gallagher
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fab-mg
I loved this book. I thought it was pretty much the perfect MG novel. I loved that the animals had their own world and talked to each other (but the humans couldn't hear). And the set up was perfect - first we meet Atticus, then the baddy magpies and then the hapless Cheddar family - and then they are all brought together in a tale that is funny, warm and pacey. I liked that Atticus was presented with a moral dilemma - the greedy life of the cat burglar he has always known or the love of a good ...more
Luca De
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Atticus claw breaks the law by Jennifer Gray. Atticus claw breaks the law is about a tabby cat who is always spelling trouble.
Atticus has been hired by a magpie gang to steel from the magpies enemies the humans.
When Atticus finds a nice family is a life of crime really for him cause Atticus doesn't want to be a prison cat.
This book is mostly for 6-10 year old boys and I would give it a 10/10 rating.
This was a delightful tale and one I'd recommend for children and the young at heart. I fell in love with Atticus Grammatticus Cattypus Claw from his first appearance. The book had me it stitches, especially the magpies who seemed to get the best lines.

I didn't know people were still writing this kind of charming fantasy. Will certainly be looking out for more in the series even if I have to sneak into the Children's Section of the library to do so.
Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn)

Err... blame it on the cover? *looking sheepish* Hehe, it's just too cute to ignore.

A brown tabby with a fancy name - Atticus Grammaticus Cattypus Claw. And he is the world's greatest cat burglar.

I really liked his catchy name.

Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
My 8yo and I really enjoyed this story. Lots of opportunity for sound effects too, although my throat was hurting with CHAKA CHAKA! (Magpies !)

Short chapters and it held his attention very well.

We are looking forward to the next installment of Atticus' adventures!

Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Great book for kids or even for "grownup kids" as I am!
Marg Corjay
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun read, interesting characters, silly dialogue. A bad kitty sees the light and goes straight.
Eloise De
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was awesome because he used to steal jewellery but now he is a police favourite character was Atticus Grammaticus cattypuss claw.
I recommend that boys and girls would love this book!
Heather Honey
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-shelf
A great book! Yes, I really enjoyed it. Atticus Claw is a great cat despite his dealings with the magpies. Children will like this one.
Kirsty Lyle
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. I think this book is brilliant and can't wait to read the next ones.
I would recommend this book to a cat lover :D
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Jennifer Gray has been writing children's comedy for a couple of years. She is also a Barrister and she knows how to spot a cat burglar when she sees one, especially when he's a large tabby with a chewed ear and a handkerchief round his neck that says Atticus Claw. Jennifer's other books for children include Guinea Pigs On Line, co-written with Amanda Swift and published by Quercus. Jennifer lives in London ...more

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