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Mister Cleghorn’s Seal

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  29 reviews
An exquisite new story to delight readers young and old, from a much-loved writer and illustrator.

What do you do if you find an abandoned seal pup on a rock in the middle of the sea? Well, take it home with you to your flat, of course.

At least that’s what Mr Albert Cleghorn thought, though perhaps he hadn’t considered all the complications…

This is the story of what then ha
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published September 10th 2015 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks
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One of those rare children's books in which the main protagonist is not a child. Kerr's book is as lovely as you would expect. Here, she has embellished a tale she was told by her own father and set it in a time of her own youth (if not a little later).
Mister Cleghorn, a retired shopkeeper, finds himself caring for a young seal pup. When he takes him home to his flat, a series of events lead him to make some grand, life-changing decisions. After 37 years, this sees her return to the illustrated
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
Pornind de la o întâmplare reală, dar cu final nefericit din copilăria ei, Judith Kerr creează o poveste dulce-amăruie cu care se va identifica orice iubitor de animale care a făcut măcar o dată imposibilul pentru a salva un pui de vrabie, o pisică abandonată sau un căţeluş flămând.

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Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A charming story about a retired shopkeeper who rescues a seal pup and takes him home to live. This is also a sweet love story involving Mr. Cleghorn's kindly neighbor, Miss Craig, who helps care for the seal. The heartwarming plot and lovely illustrations would make for a delightful read aloud to younger children and a good choice for 3-5th grade readers who love animals and an old-fashioned setting and tone. British terms may be confusing to some children. Parents should read the afterward, wh ...more
Judith Kerr writes sweet stories. And the illustrations match. It’s got an interesting ethic running through about doing what’s right to protect animals even if it means breaking a few rules or making some heavy sacrifices. I’m not sure which side of the line it’s helpful to land on for kids with limited discernment abilities but, hey, great conversation to have.
Still, sweet story.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, juvenile, library
The pencil drawings are mostly beautiful (don't look at the baby!) in this improved version of a true story. I'm pretty sure if I had read the Afterword first I might not have read the book.
A really charming story with a happy ending.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-read-aloud
This could easily have been a five star book, the reason i chose four stars is you know everything that's going to happen. But the story is wonderful, everything works out in the end and a six year old hearing the story or twelve year old reading it will be in suspense.
Miss Sarah
A charming story about a retired man who adopts a seal and then works hard to find a forever home for him. Along the way he makes new friends and finds love. cute early elementary
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, animals
Very vivid story! will be good for 6-7 years old
Valerie Kyriosity
Very sweet little story.
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
We really enjoyed this story, and the illustrations.
Seema Rao
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
An early reader book with nice pencil drawings tells the story of a man who nurses a baby seal and buys a zoo.
Corine Timmer
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading this book as an adult and can imagine its popularity as a read-aloud bedtime story. A fascinating but sad true story recounted to the author when she was a little girl inspired her, many years later, to create a more cheerful version of the same story. She had wished it to have a happier ending, so she invented one. A delightful storybook for all those who love and empathise with animals and enjoy storytelling. There was a time when animals such as lions and seals were kept as pe ...more
Nic Ayson
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
While gentle and meandering with some lovely references to caring for and nurturing animals, along with the usual beautiful sketches that are found in Judith Kerr's novels, I found this little book to be rather adult and somewhat over my seven year olds head. When we finished, she asked me what chapter we were up to...the concepts of adult relationships, business downturn and investment were too complicated for her to absorb. I would have much preferred Mr Cleghorn to continue on saving the seal ...more
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
A book I'd seen in alternatives before, but managed to find it cheap in a charity shop.

A cute story based on her father's own Little sealpup he had. I found that the illustrations made the book/story even better.

A story that can be read by any age but probably enjoyed more by older children and adults.
Apr 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Realistic enough to talk about economic downturns but not enough to get into details about how to get out of debt or properly fix a water-damaged ceiling. But 3.5 for feel-good charm throughout and a happy ending!
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
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Jessica Powell
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a super sweet story about a man who rescues a seal cub - and a whole zoo in the process! The illustrations are lovely, and you can't help but be charmed by the tale, no matter how old you are.
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
A charming little story about an abandoned seal pup and a man searching for what to do next. Delightful writing and the story has an old-fashioned feel. Perfect for animal lovers and those looking for a short chapter book to bridge the gap from early readers.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Mister Cleghorn sees an orphan seal on his vacation and brings the seal baby home with him. An if-only story Kerr created based on her father’s real life experience with a seal.
Hemavathy DM Suppiah
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Charming and funny and hopeful and sweet.
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
A pleasant beginning novel.
Jun 24, 2016 marked it as x-new
review on Charlotte's Library makes it look charming, worthwhile, and short
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-children-s
Charming happily ever - good read aloud for younger readers
Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lovely story with beautiful illustrations. I enjoyed reading the true story behind the tale.
Kathy (Bermudaonion)
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An adorable story about a retired shopkeeper who decides to look after a seal pup after its mother was killed. This story was very charming and is quite possibly the "Mr.Poppers' Penguins" of today
Nov 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
So lovely!
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Judith Kerr was a German-born British writer and illustrator who has created both enduring picture books such as the Mog series and The Tiger Who Came To Tea and acclaimed novels for older children such as the autobiographical When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit which give a child's-eye view of the Second World War.

Kerr was born in Berlin but left Germany with her parents and her brother, Michael, in 19