Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

My regular readers will by now realize my son loves stories by Julia Donaldson.

Tabby McTat is a buskers cat who has a very loud miaow, their favorite song is “me, you and the old guitar, how perfectly perfectly happy we are; meee-ew and the old guitar, how purrrr-fectly happy we are”.


Tabby McTat has a friend got Sock – they like to chat.  One day a thief snatches the buskers hat which has the money in and as the busker chases after them he falls breaks his head and bangs his head and he’s taken to a hospital (oh dear).  When Tabby McTat goes back to find Fred the busker after chatting to Sock he finds that Fred has gone (aww poor Tabby McTat).  A week goes by and Sock see’s Tabby McTat who has become thin, Sock invites Tabby McTat to come stay with her.

In the meantime Fred returns to where he used to busk to find a band playing where he used to busk (oh dear poor Fred and no sign of Tabby McTat).

Although Tabby McTat enjoys his new home he still misses his friend – Fred – he goes in search of Fred but doesn’t see him.

Then the news that Sock has given birth to kittens – one of the kittens looks just like Tabby McTat – called Samuel Sprat – the other 2 kittens are found homes but Samuel Sprat no one wants him (aww) “his voice is too loud”.

Tabby McTat continues his search for Fred and he eventually finds him but he misses his home with Sock, but Samuel Sprat says he wants to be the buskers cat and from then on the busker Fred and Samuel Sprat sing together – aww.

As usual with stories by Julia Donaldson the rhymes are fantastic – if not a bit tongue tying! The illustrations are lovely and really sets the scene for the story.  Monkey gives this story 9/10 (sorry he still prefers Squash and a Squeeze another story by Julia Donaldson) – I’ll give it 8/10 as I don’t think it’s as good as The Smartest Giant in Town (yep you’ve guessed it another Julia Donaldson story) – we’re fans!

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