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3.29  ·  Rating details ·  3,247 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Verity's old tabby cat Mabel might not be quite as lively as she used to be and yes, she smells a bit and doesn't always make it to the litter tray on time, but she really loves her. More importantly, Mabel once belonged to Verity's mum--not that Verity actually ever knew her mum because she died. She really doesn't mind too much about not having a mum, apart from when she ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 4th 2002 by Yearling (first published March 5th 2001)
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Gaia Duncan It depends what books you like reading. I've read this one a while ago but still remember how simple but yet sad and emotional it was (but then again,…moreIt depends what books you like reading. I've read this one a while ago but still remember how simple but yet sad and emotional it was (but then again, I was like 10 years old, so..). It's short and simple, but still a lovely little book.(less)

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MeeJazz Frincy
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favourite book by Jacqueline Wilson...❤
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very sweet story about a young girl Verity whose cat, Mabel dies of old age. Verity feels guilty for not appreciating Mabel enough when she was alive and tries to preserve Mabel as a mummy after learning in school how the Ancient Egyptians did so with their cats. The story tells of Verity's quest to try to conceal Mabel in her wardrobe away from her father and grandparents as she does not want to bury Mabel in the garden under the 'dirty earth' with the worms and in the dark!
Eventually with t
Sophie Crane
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-in-h-f, animals
This book was very touching. Verity really loves Mabel and what she does with her then is disgusting (I don't want to say what she did because I don't want to ruin it for other readers!) Mabel is so sweet and what happens is very sad.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
The Cat Mummy is a story which focuses on the main character Verity who has sadly lost her mother at a young age. She lives with her grandmother, grandfather and her father and her cat Mabel who is very old. Verity's mother died when she was a baby and although she is desperate to find out more about her mother she is terrified that the sensitive subject will upset her family. She feels that the only one she can speak to about her mother is her cat Mabel. Unfortunately because of Mabel's age she ...more
Shazia Hassan
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. This is a fiction, story book that could be recommended to children in year 5 and 6 to read. This book is ideal to have in the reading corner of the classroom or then in the school library for children to take and read in their own time. The story is about a girl, whose mother died when she was born and no one in her family ever spoke about the death of her mother. She had a cat called Mabel and she was very old. One day the cat went missing and after searchin ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The story is worth reading, especially for parents and adolescence. The story itself does provides a golden opportunity for parents to know how children interpret complication in the reality. Adolescence, however, can further build up their understanding towards complication. They have a chance to think about life and death as well.

The story attempts to view life and death from a little girl whose mother was dead when she was small. Obviously she hasn't experienced death and known little about i
Lorraine Ryan
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading a book by Jacqueline Wilson and I have to say it was one of my best reads so far. This is mainly because the storyline brought back memories, when my own loving grand-mother lived with me while I was growing up. It also touched on problems I could relate to and to so many others: coping with the death of a loved pet and dealing with a class bully.

‘Verity’ the main character, a young happy school-going child only realizes how much she loved her lazy cat ‘Mabel’ whe
Kana Haya
Jul 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mother looking for reading stuff for her kids
Shelves: fiction, childbooks
as other child book contains, this one also teach us (nd of course our kids) about loving and caring. on this case is about how to love and care your pet such as cat or dog.

this book tells us the story about verity who is looking for her lost cat, mabel. mabel is an old cat that has becoming her bestfriend for the past years. when she finally found mabel, the cat had died. she remembered what her teacher's saying about the Egyptian making cat mummy for their died cat. so, she decide to make mabe
I bought this for a book tree MissMarkey's planning while I'm staying with her and read it before registering it. A good book!
Louise Jones
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, animals
read lost of wilson with my eldest niece and also elderly lady but jumped at chance to read this with 7 year old niece although we read it really quick it was well written for encouraging children to talk about death and what is better then an animal most children will prob have a pet at sometime and the book gives rather good tips for dealing with death with a child i knew a friend who before dying made a scrapbook about herself for her children jac wilson never fails
Lauren Gilmour
Feb 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
As a teacher, I read a lot of children's books. This one I read as I was looking for a novel to tie in with my class's Ancient Egyptians project. Well. I lost my dog last year and this book really affected me. I was crying my eyes out when Verity discovered her dead cat in her wardrobe. What hope would I have reading this to 8 year olds? The book isn't appropriate for the age range it is aimed at at all. The mummified cat is seriously messed up.

I also question Wilson's writing skills. She overu
Eve beinguniquebooks
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this book Verity lives with her grandparents and dad along with their old cat, Mabel. Learning about the Egyptians at school, when Mabel goes missing and is later found by Verity she wants to help her pass on and sets about doing her best job of her version of worshipping and sending Mabel on as she can do herself.

It was a good book for dealing with grief and is sad and emotional but hopefully no kids get inspired to try out the method Verity does!
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was book i recieved as a gift over ten years ago 2003 i think at easter from my mum.

This is still as good as when i first read it, but now i can see the ways that this is brilliant for young readers and helping delicately deal with issues such as parental death and the death of a pet. It discusses letting go and the reluctance of many adults to discuss issues that children want to know about.

Important for both adults and children.
Additionally my love for cats helps here too.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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Stefanny Natalia
3,5 stars for this...actually I'm gonna give this book 2 stars, don't get me wrong, I'm a Jacqueline Wilson's fan, but this idea of a girl making her dead cat turn into a mummy just so creepy you know...
but then again I feel this character did that since she felt guilty to her cat and there was some kind of trauma about that I think, that's why this book at least worth for 3,5 stars....sorry :(
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and how they put the emotion in. I would recommend this book to other children 8 / 13

Loved this book I enjoyed how they put the emotion in it I would recommend this book to other children age 8/13 By I 8 year old girl
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a sad book.;(
Nicole Morissette
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Kiddo recommendation
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it just as much as I did as a kid! Now I wanna read every children's book by this author.
Victoria Marks
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another one read with Ophelia - sweet story, a little funny but mostly quite sad. Good for talking about grief and loss with children.
Phoebe Thompson
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute, warm short story
Katerina Spinos
The first novel i read from JW!
I read this when I was about eight, and the description of the girl attempting to turn her cat into a mummy definitely messed me up.
Holly Manning
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jacqueline Wilson is a really good author so this book was really good
Samira Al-jboury
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
The Cat Mummy is about a young girl Verity's woe as her beloved cat Mabel disappears. Mabel is eventually found half-dead and with an effort to preserve the great memories of her cat, Verity secretly turns her in to a replica of an Egyptian cat mummy! Though Verity comes from a family tainted with death of her mother at her birth and so communicating the death of Mabel proves difficult for her. Instead Mabel's death becomes a secret, plaguing young Verity day and night until eventually she is fo ...more
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another favourite Jacqueline Wilson book of mine from childhood.

'The Cat Mummy' is less than one hundred pages long, and it is such a sweet and touching little treat. Young Verity is learning about Ancient Egypt and mummifying at school, and when at home she finds that her beloved old tabby Mabel has died, the poor girl can't think what to do. Except mummify her cat and stuff the body in a duffel bag, hiding it from her family. Her family who have never been able to properly talk to Verity about
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This book was sad at times because Verity's cat Mabel dies and she decides to wrap her up like the Egyptian's did.With old sheets and then she decorated her with egyptian symbols.Then Verity hid Mabel in a draw string bag in her wardrobe.She didn't tell anyone not her gran not her grandad not her dad and not her mum because her mum died the day she was born.Verity hid her secret until one day her gran went up stairs to get something out of her wardrobe and her screamed and screamed because thei
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Dame Jacqueline Wilson (a very deserved title!) is, in my opinion, the best contemporary children's writer. She writes perfectly, in content, theme, style and accessibility for children from aged 6 to 13 (ish - of course this varies among children). She writes flawlessly for children, I could not find a single fault.

She is never patronizing and introduces young people to important life issues such as love, poverty, friendship, adolescence, separated parents, illnesses and so much more, in a mann
Heather Barrass
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I remember reading this when I was younger. As a kid I was obsessed with Jacqueline Wilson and her books, she was definitely my favourite author as a child - at 16 I still love her books, and kept them!

It was one summer when I went to the local library with my mum, I picked out 6 books - the maximum you could have at that age, and 'The Cat Mummy' was one of them. That same night I started reading it. Lights turned off, hiding under my quilt with a torch, it was fantastic. I remember not putting
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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named af ...more
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