Simon's Cat: Beyond the Fence
Last year, Simon's Cat was tipped by many to be the dark horse of the Christmas season. It didn't disappoint. Simon's Cat was published simultaneously in 25 countries and sold over 125,000 copies in hardcover.
This year Simon Tofield returns with a charming follow-up, which sees the adorable but incorrigible cat embark on a series of adventures beyond the garden fence. Shar...more
The artwork is cute, and arranged in the book to be like a story. Not every page is a rip-snorter, but every page is cute, with some being uproariously f ...more
In this book the cat gets a bath and is so angry he packs some food and leaves home. He then has an adventure meeting lots of new creatures and managing to annoy them all, my favourite was him throwin ...more
I like that there's a consistensy in the plot, which isn‘t very common with this sort of picture books. The book has a beginning, middle and end. Still, some pages just seem to be filler material that don‘t really have anything on them that's interesting. Then there are a lot of other pages with jokes that just don‘t hit the mark for me.
The "beyond the fence" part was harder for me to identify with, as my kitties don't have much experience in the outside world...
I also think I would have liked one of the other Simon's Cats books better to start on, because a cat in the house with their owner is more relateable to me than zany adventures of a runaway c ...more
With that said, its a beautiful hardcover and the
unconventional dimensions and blown out artwork is truly gorgeous to look at. Really looks great on the bookshelf.
In this book, the cat ventures out into he great big world beyond his home and gets into a
Few scrapes and makes some interesting new friends. The illustrations are just wonderful and tell a whole, detailed story. Some of them are downright hilarious!
I liked that this book followed a storyline as well, although I preferred some of the random cartoons with Simon's cat in the house, as the cartoons afterwards sometimes seemed to drop humour in favour of telling the story. But Simon's cat was adorable throughout of course. He's so mean to the other animals! One-eyed farm cat was cute.
I kind of wanted it to end with the cat coming back to Simon's house absolutely filthy and hav ...more
In this book, Simon decides that it's time to leave home. How dare Simon give Kitty a bath? How dare he!!
So, off he runs and with the help of the hedies and the gnome he packs his bag and goes out to explore for some new digs.
He runs into some very funny adventures (and we learn how crop circles are made)
But in the end, Kitty learns there's no place like home.
And I adored Kitty's adventures in the US. Especially him and the beaver :) That one is my fav!
This book is great for ...more
I had never come across Simon's Cat before so I didn't know what to expect. There are some moments of absolute comic genius - milking the cow for example. Overall I found it was a mixed bag and I found some things just not that funny. That's the thing with humour though - what a person finds funny is a personal thing. My wife found the book as a whole funnier than I did. In the main it entertained me for an hour but I would have preferr ...more
The front cover advertised the fact that the YouTube videos featuring this cat were very popular, so I watched a few; they are very cute and really reflect typ ...more
Simon lives in Bedfordshire with this three cats: Hugh, Maisie, Jess and Teddy.