Old Tom's owner, Angela Throgmorton, has been invited to tea. Not just any tea...tea with the queen! So Angela brushes up on her manners and insists that her rebellious cat, Old Tom, do the same. This hilarious chapter book introduces Old Tom, his outrageously bad behavior, and his honest but ill-fated attempts to be good. Hilarious mishaps and outrageous mayhem ensue at the palace, only to end with a scandal of Old Tom proportions!
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Kindergarten-Grade 2–Angela Throgmorton is perfectly happy living alone, until a very scruffy-looking kitten is left on her doorstep. She names her new baby Old Tom, and tries to bring him up to be polite and well behaved. Unfortunately, the cat quickly gets out of control–frightening guests, destroying furniture, and generally creating chaos. At last, she kicks him out of the house. At first, both are happy with their new freedom. Angela has a pristine house once more and Tom has many exciting places to explore. However, the outside world is cold and the roving feline is soon living in a trash can, hungry and alone. Angela, meanwhile, finds her orderly, empty house very lonely. When Old Tom is picked up by the animal pound, Angela sees his picture on the news and the two are happily reunited. Similar in theme to Jack Gantoss Rotten Ralph series (Farrar), this title lacks the appeal of those more child-focused stories. Old Toms rowdy antics are amusing, but Angela is a stereotypical old woman, complete with beehive hairdo and obsessive tidiness. The sketchy black-and-white drawings of pop-eyed human and animal characters lack detail. Oddly skewed size relationships and crowded pages often make the action hard to follow. Transition readers may be attracted by the short text and graphic style, but there are better books on friendship and acceptance.–Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
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Book Description Puffin, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Leigh Hobbs (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0140369791