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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Norman Thelwell took his first kitten home in a shopping-bag slung from the handlebars of his bicycle at the age of ten. He still has the scars to prove it. Magnificat is a comic tribute to the mysterious relationship human beings have long had with the feline species.
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Published October 1st 2002 by Methuen Publishing (first published 1983)
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Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cat 'owners' (so-called).

This is a book to remind all impoverished artists to think commercially. There must be hundreds of thousands of people who bought this book as a present for cat-owning family or friends.

The word "Magnificat" predates Thelwell; who would have well known it as the title of the Song of the Blessed Virgin Mary (St Luke 1.46), which for centuries has been, and continues to be, sung or said daily at (for example) Anglican Evensong / Evening Prayer from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

But other than for the play
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Christine
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So you have a cat?

I bet you see it in this book.

Wonderful book about being bossed around by a cat.
Kathleen
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute and amusing!
Gerry
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every cat owner will emphasise with the many situations within the pages of 'thelwell's Magnificat'.

The Magnificat is first described, in illustrations of course with suitable amusing captions, before we run through 'How to Get a Cat', 'Cat about the House', definitely situations that every cat lover will have encountered, 'Helath & Safety', 'Interesting Breeds', 'A Cat in Hell's Chance', has the owner ever got one?, 'Superstition', Neurotic Cats, surely there aren't any??? - it'
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Karen-Leigh
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cartoons-comics
I love all of Thelwell's books and have collected them over the years. This was one I lost...thank goodness for Abebooks.
Anne Lydolf
Really cute short book that I am sure any cat lover (Sadly I am a dog person) would absolutely love
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Norman Thelwell was an English cartoonist well-known for his humorous illustrations of ponies and horses. A promising young student from Liverpool College of Art, he soon became a contributor to the satirical magazine Punch in the 1950s, and earned many lasting devotees by illustrating Chicko in the British boys' comic Eagle.

Known to many only as Thelwell, he found his true comic niche
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