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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats | T S Eliot
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T.S. Eliot pays tribute to "Mr. Mistoffelees, " "The Run Tum Tugger, " "Macavity: The Mystery Cat, " and a variety of other cats in this engaging collection of humorous poems. Originally composed to amuse Mr. Eliot's intimate friends, to whom they were sent anonymously, these verses have proven irresistible to cat lovers, lovers of nonsense, and admirers of T.S. Eliot throughout the English-speaking world.
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castanheira
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OH!
WELL I NEVER!
Did you ever
Know a Cat so clever
As Magical Mr. Mistoffelees!

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myellenbee
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Fun day at the library book sale!

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OrangeMooseReads
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Follow.my.read What an AWESOME cover!!! 2mo
OrangeMooseReads @Follow.my.read can never go wrong with cats 😁 2mo
marleed One of my ‘keeper‘ books! Okay, I have a lot of keepers - but this is certainly one of them! 2mo
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MatchlessMarie
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Introducing Ogie to Cats while I read the book 😹 #catsoflitsy #petsoflitsy

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DGRachel
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats | Thomas Stearns Eliot, Axel Scheffler
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Pickpick

I love ALW‘s musical, CATS. Love it. It‘s coming to Charlotte in August and I can‘t wait to see it again. And unlike most of Twitter, I‘m ridiculously excited about the movie version this December. In anticipation of both, I checked this out from the library. I loved it. The illustrations are fantastic and the poems are cute. ❤️ #Bailey isn‘t impressed, though. 😂 #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy #saturdaysnuggles

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wanderinglynn
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I love seeing all the #catsoflitsy! ❤️🐱

Here‘s my fat orange furbaby Teddy, who flopped down in the floor in front of me the other night. Such a doofus!

Ronda Oh wow! Gorgeous 😍 7mo
KatieDid927 Aww cutie 7mo
wanderinglynn Thanks @Ronda he‘s a good boy. ☺️ 7mo
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wanderinglynn Thanks @KatieDid927 ☺️ 7mo
tracey38 Oh my goodness, how cute! 7mo
wanderinglynn Thanks @tracey38 ☺️ 7mo
RadicalReader Such a sweet doofus 7mo
wanderinglynn ☺️ Yes he is @RadicalReader (at least when he wants to be 😉) 7mo
JennyM ♥️♥️♥️ 7mo
Catsandbooks Such an adorable kitty! 😻 7mo
Erofan Cutie 😻 7mo
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Happy #nationalpetday from Polly and Stoney! #catsoflitsy #littenkittens

rretzler 😻Beautiful 7mo
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Bookwomble
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“For he will do
As he do do
And there's no doing anything about it!"

- The Rum Tum Tugger

LeahBergen 😆😆 9mo
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suzisteffen
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This is Oliver Tuxie Cat, and he is enjoying #friyay. #catsoflitsy

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Leftcoastzen
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Records for readers ! I‘ll stop now.

vivastory These are great! 11mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory Thanks ,I‘ve had them a long time.A bit obsessed with music as well as books, I tried to always look in the spoken word section. 11mo
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Libby1
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Happy #NationalCatDay from Lola! She would NOT get off my lap while I was reading tonight. 😻

Bklover Pretty girl!❤️😻 13mo
Libby1 Thanks, @Bklover 😺 13mo
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hgrimes
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Trying to make an Edward Gorey cat, but Hufflefluff found him and claimed him before I could add whiskers. #catsoflitsy

CatLass007 What an adorable cat. 14mo
hgrimes @CatLass007 He‘s a precious baby and he totally knows it. 14mo
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Bamazin
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Forgot to post this for yesterday‘s #newhogwartsadventures #pets #cats

vkois88 Cute! 14mo
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AppuNthebooks
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Tonight‘s choice ☝🏽. Son looked at me strange as I read out Macavity The Mystery Cat like Cardi B. #HeLikesItLikeThat 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Mehso-so

First time I‘ve ever read the book Cats was inspired by, and I‘m surprised how many of the lyrics are directly taken from the poems! There is some casual racism and it does mar an otherwise charming and fun book. Thankfully those parts were taken out for the musical!

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callunakeep
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Found this hardcover, illustrated beauty at an estate sale for $1!

rubyslippersreads 😻📚😻 1y
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TheBookstorePodcast
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Happy #internationalcatday from Murph and his favorite read.

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Purrsistently
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#inkhearts 16) a favorite animal

Weaponxgirl Is that a onsie or a hoodie? Either way it's making my heart sing 1y
Purrsistently @Weaponxgirl it‘s a hoodie, a very early birthday present from my husband😻 1y
Slajaunie I love Pusheen!!! ♥️♥️♥️ 1y
CatGirl3 Eek!! Kitty!! Love it 👍🏼👍🏼 1y
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LadyChristy
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats | Thomas Stearns Eliot, Axel Scheffler
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A very important quiz! https://bookriot.com/?p=162528 Which Literary Cat are you, fellow Littens? I‘m Crookshanks! 🐱

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I got the Cheshire Cat. 😉 1y
LadyChristy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oooh, how fun! I didn‘t even know he was an option! 1y
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DGRachel
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I‘m a dog person, but I can‘t resist a Book Riot Quiz and I couldn‘t be happier with this result.

https://bookriot.com/2018/07/03/literary-cat-quiz/

OrangeMooseReads I got Cat from Breakfast at Tiffany‘s 1y
Dragon Thanks for the link , I‘m going to have to try this quiz 😀🐉 1y
Laura317 I got the Cat in the Hat. 1y
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MirrorMask I got Crookshanks!!! That's perfect 1y
NovelGirl82 I got the same! 1y
Moray_Reads I got the same and was equally satisfied 1y
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Purrsistently
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My kitty just died💔 Lafayette was the best cuddler and a pro spider slayer. He always pushed homework and boring papers off my desk but never books. He was super chill and let us dress him up in a build a bear bumblebee costume, which I never got a picture of because I laughed too much to take a clear one. He liked to sleep across my knees at night so I couldn‘t move. He was a best kitty.💕

HotMessJess Sending you so many good vibes!! I am so sorry :( 1y
Sace I'm so sorry. 1y
DGRachel I‘m so sorry. {{hugs}} 1y
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Briary Oh I am so sorry, it is always so hard 😥💔 1y
Jhullie My heart is breaking for you 💔 1y
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tjwill So sorry for your loss. 1y
wanderinglynn I am so sorry for your loss. {hugs} 1y
JoScho I am so terribly sorry. Losing a pet is gut wrenching. Sending love 😔 1y
MicheleinPhilly ☹️I‘m so sorry to hear that. Hugs to you. 1y
Craftylikefox I am so sorry for your loss 💕💕💕 1y
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Ruri_kaichou I'm so sorry. 😢 It's so hard losing a furry friend. Lots of hugs and comfort your way. 1y
Prairiegirl_reading Awwwww that‘s awful 😢 I‘m sorry 1y
CouronneDhiver Oh no 😭😭 I‘m so sorry. 1y
BookNAround I‘m so sorry. Our fur babies take a piece of our hearts with them when they go. 😢 1y
Susanita Aww. I‘m so sorry. 😢 1y
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JennyM Sending lots of love to you xx 1y
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kezzlou85 So sorry to hear that 1y
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BookwormM Sorry for your loss he sounds like an amazing friend 1y
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SinkLikeTheMoon I'm so sorry to hear that. It's terribly hard to lose a fur baby. My condolences. 😿 1y
Shadowfat I'm sorry for your loss, cats are great companions🐈🐱 1y
knittedgnome I'm so sorry. It's so hard to loose your furry friend. Sending you lots of hugs. 1y
Purrsistently Thanks everyone, I love this community💕 I‘m doing better this morning. 1y
quietjenn I'm so sorry to hear this. 1y
tracey38 I am so very sorry. Losong a pet is so hard. Lots of hugs and love! 💔 1y
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rabbitprincess I'm so sorry for your loss. He was adorable ♥️♥️🐱 1y
Clare-Dragonfly I‘m so sorry for your loss 😿❤️❤️❤️ 1y
minkyb So sorry. Very sad. 😿 1y
tonyahoswalt I just saw this. I'm so sorry about your kitty. 1y
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SomedayAlmost
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Sneaky Cat helped me get ready for Comicpalooza X in Houston today! Off to get my book nerd on with literary panels, a reading & a book signing! I am going to need coffee! #helpfulcat #writerslife #bsp

APLitlife My son wants to go! Not sure if we will be able to find the time. 1y
SomedayAlmost It‘s a lot of fun! Great cosplay this year! 1y
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Bookwomble
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There's a cat in there somewhere!

Leftcoastzen Kitty is the master of sleeping. 2y
Bookwomble @Leftcoastzen He certainly is! He's called Frankie and could definitely sleep for Scotland 😊 2y
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Schlinkles
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Today‘s work task: new employee orientation. Meet Skimbleshanks, the new bookstore cat.

CareBear 😻😻😻😻 2y
JoScho So much love! 2y
Cinfhen Adorable 😻😻😻 2y
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Smrloomis Cuuuute! 💜💜💜 2y
goodbyefrancie So cute! 2y
Heideschrampf Whaaaaat!? Gorgeous! 😍😻 2y
CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻 2y
BookwormAHN Adorable 😻 2y
AmyG Omg 💕 2y
Lcsmcat Awwwwwe! 😻 2y
Purrfectpages I love this cat and the name!! 🐈 ❤️ 2y
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SomedayAlmost
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“Bad luck? Let‘s stay safe & warm, just in case...” ~Dolly Cat. #fridaythe13th #catlife #catlady

rubyslippersreads Dolly is being very practical. 😸 2y
AmyG 💕 2y
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Megara
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I went to the #Wadsworth Museum in #Hartford, #Connecticut last night for the After Hours Event: #EdwardGorey. I was so ecstatic that I forgot to take any pictures. I saw his iconic fur coats and his jewelry, obviously quite a bit of his art, art by others that he collected, played with his #Tarot cards, drank a couple beers, and watched #Dracula. I didn‘t do a #psychic reading because I basically do one on a daily basis. 😂

StephanieGeiser That sounds like so much fun! Have you been to his museum on the cape yet? I went a couple summers ago and had a lot of fun! 2y
Megara @StephanieGeiser not yet! I really want to go there! 2y
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brennahawleycraig
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Pickpick

My practical kitty helped me enjoy this ditty 😹 for real, all cat-lovers should read this. Totally charming. #catsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
DebBates101 One of my favorites! I have the same copy that I bought about 25 years ago along with the piano music. I memorized the poems and learned to play the music on the piano all at the same time. Look back at my post several days ago about Eliot. 💗 2y
brennahawleycraig @DebBates101 I had no idea there was piano music! Or do you mean the music from the musical? My mom is a big cat-lover but she‘s also an organist, so I‘m thinking maybe I need to get the pair for her birthday. So neat you got to see the house he grew up in! (edited) 2y
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DebBates101 The music from the musical. Have you seen it? I was always blown away at the way ALW put the words of Eliot into a vision. I dont think most people know that Cats was originally a quaint book of poems. 2y
brennahawleycraig @DebBates101 yes but not since I was a kid! I couldn‘t stop myself from reading Macavity in the rhythm of the song 😊 I had no idea they were poems. His rhyming is so clever! 2y
DebBates101 @brennahawleycraig lol! I agree. Macavity has such a catchy melody it is impossible to read it w/o that rhythm once you know it. I recited one of the poems for a public speaking class in school and I had to concentrate really hard on maintaining my own rhythm and not falling into the rhythm of the music. I would focus so hard on it that I would completely forget the words or forget where I was in the poem 2y
GatheringBooks i own a copy of this one! i think i bought it in one of the used bookstores i went to while in the US - super fun, made even better with edward gorey‘s art. 2y
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brennahawleycraig
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Part 1: When you try to get your kitty to pose with your #bookhaul that includes the book that inspired the musical Cats but COME ON, birdwatching is way better. Have already read Radium Girls and was just getting it in paperback, but so excited for these other two. #catsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads Does your kitty "chatter" while birdwatching? ? 2y
Tamra 😹 2y
brennahawleycraig @rubyslippersreads sometimes!!! He actually used to live outside so sometimes I think he‘s quiet because he‘s actually stalking them! 2y
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GatheringBooks
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Pickpick

#ReadingResolutions Day 20: #DogsOrCats - I choose #Cats tonight because Edward Gorey is all kinds of #CoolCat. And yes, TS Eliot Forevermore. I think I bought this in aBook Off store for a steal in the US a few years back.

cajunsyd That is so weird! I just discovered that book over the weekend! Small world! 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Cats was the first musical I ever saw, and it ignited my love for theatre. Realizing that there was a job where people would pay you to pretend to be a cat set 4 year old me on a life path through a University Drama Major and a career in Theatre Administration. A beautiful vintage edition Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats is on my books to own bucket list.

#QuotsyJan18 #Cat @TK-421

P.S. I seem to have found Aretha's doppelganger cat

HeatherBookNerd Hello from a fellow theatre geek 👋🏼 Cats was my first Broadway show too. 2y
Zelma That is a great story! (And Cats was my my first Broadway musical too.) 2y
Melissa_J Add me to the list of people whose first theatre experience was Cats 🐈 😊 2y
readinginthedark Yes! I saw Cats in St. Louis when I was young and have always loved it! ❤️ 2y
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GidgetsTreasures75
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats | Thomas Stearns Eliot, Axel Scheffler
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1-15-18: #scenesfromabook Family Pet. I've had many cats and dogs over the years, but this little girl is my reading partner these days and I adore her. Her name is Mikaru Steinway, and no, I didn't name her. 😂📖😹. @JoeStalksBeck

JoeStalksBeck ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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GondorGirl
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I hope these #CatsOfLitsy help you feel better, @erinreads. We've had Pippin for less then a month, but Tommy is already very attached to his baby brother.

#CatPicsForErin

Zelma Omg, that is the cutest thing ever! 😻 2y
erinreads I can‘t with the cuteness! 😻 Such a sweet older brother! 2y
JessClark78 ❤️ 2y
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GidgetsTreasures75
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11-25-17: Mr. T. S. Eliot on a bench outside of Raglan's Irish Pub in Disney Springs. 📖🥃

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Megara
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Pickpick

Cats and Edward Gorey are a good pair. I so wish I weren‘t allergic to cats!

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moarbookspleaze
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rubyslippersreads So cute! 😻 2y
Lcsmcat 😻😻 2y
Tanzy13 🐱🐱 2y
ReadingSusan So sweet 😻😻 2y
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Dragon
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats | Thomas Stearns Eliot, Axel Scheffler
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@thequeerspiderwoman here‘s a photo of my friend Cali the cat. Sorry your week was terrible but hopefully today is the start of a great weekend #Scottishfold #catsofLitsy

queerbookreader I LOVE Scottish folds!!!!!!! They are so cute!! 2y
Soubhiville From this angle Cali looks a bit owlish. 🐱🦉 2y
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Dragon Thanks @Soubhiville she does look even more 🦉 owlish in person 😀🐉 2y
Bette She is amazing! Looks alittle put out by the very large words in front of her. 🐱❤️😂 2y
Dragon Thanks @Bette she‘s certainly not shy about sharing her feelings 😻 2y
LauraJ @thequeerspiderwoman Me too! If the group I foster cats with ever gets one, I will snap her up! 2y
Dragon Thanks @LauraJ 🤞fingers crossed 2y
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ohyeahthatgirl
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@thequeerspiderwoman

Hope this helps! Nero sometimes sits like a people to lick his pudgy belly.

queerbookreader Omg I can't believe it. Does he let you pet his belly too or no 2y
ohyeahthatgirl @thequeerspiderwoman For approximately 5 seconds. 2y
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booksandsympathy
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I don't own this book, but I've always wanted to. #publishedinthe1930s #uncannyoctober

GondorGirl It's a really great collection of Elliot's cat poems. Plus, the illustrations are purr-fect! 😹 2y
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DivineDiana
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Thank you @Marchpane and @Cinfhen for hosting a creative, fun photo challenge and a tribute to an artistic superstar! #septembowie #catpeople

Cinfhen Great choice 😍excellent photo & so glad you joined in‼️hope you'll join in for #Rocktober 🎧🎸 2y
Moray_Reads What a great cover! 2y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Thank you! I'll try! 😀 2y
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DivineDiana @Moray_Reads The illustrations are done by Edward Gorey! 2y
Lcsmcat That's the edition I grew up with! (Well before the musical.) 2y
DivineDiana @Lcsmcat 👍🏻Did you see Cats? 2y
Lcsmcat @DivineDiana Not in New York, but I saw a touring company. 2y
DivineDiana It was a lot of fun! 2y
Cinfhen Woke up singing 🎤 🎶Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats 2y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen That's a nice way to wake up! 😉👏🏻😻 2y
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Libby1
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I could not love these new kitty magnetic bookmarks any more.

#CatsOfLitsy
#CoolBookmarks
#MagneticBookmarksRule

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
AmyG AMAZING! 2y
AmandaL They are fabulous! 2y
Libby1 Yes, they are amazing and fabulous, @rubyslippersreads , @AmyG and @AmandaL ! 😻😻😻 2y
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MatildaBaggins
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Pickpick

What an adorable little book of cat poems 😍🐈 I love the Gorey illustrations too of course! 💜

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RowReads1
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The Gorey #bookmarks were hiding from me. They were tucked away in a separate envelope from the other bookmarks. 💕#fallintobooks

hlgreenfield 💕💕💕 2y
Tamra Lovely! 2y
batsy Oooh, nice! 2y
mcipher I love them! 2y
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SomedayAlmost
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My humans say that I am very lucky to be safe & dry.... but downpours get old. ~Sneaky Cat #hurricane #houstonflooding

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Libby1
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I'm thinking of getting this tattoo.

Seriously.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's cute! 2y
Aims42 I love it 😻 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage A little Litten! 2y
CareBear It's awesome! 2y
coffeenebula All the hearteyes! 2y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
Laura317 It's so cue! 2y
Robothugs It's so cute! 😻 2y
mcipher Cute!!! 😍 2y
MicheleinPhilly DO IT! 2y
Cortg Cute! 2y
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Laalaleighh
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#nationalcatday my kitten litten babies then and now. 😻😻

Mimi28 Aaaaawwww!!! 😻😻😻😻 2y
Bookzombie So sweet! 💕🐱🐱 2y
LauraBrook 😽😽😽😽😽😽😽😽 2y
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Graciouswarriorprincess So precious!!😻😻 2y
Meeko93 😍😍 2y
BooksForEmpathy I am getting to your pen pal letter today!!!!!!!!!! Xo 😘. 2y
Laalaleighh @Mimi28 @BookZombie @LauraBrook @Graciouswarriorprincess @Meeko93 thanks 😊😊😊 I looove them to bits!!! 😻😻😻😻 2y
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Clwojick
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats | Thomas Stearns Eliot, Axel Scheffler
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My favourite one so far!

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Clwojick
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If I find a book about cats, there's a 100% chance I'm going to read it.

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OrangeMooseReads
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Meant to post this the other day and forgot. Izzy loved my moving books and shelves. She jumped on all the bookcases when they were empty. #littenkitten #bibliokitty #catsoflitsy

DebinHawaii Adorable! 🐱❤️ 2y
Tanzy13 🐱 2y
Lcsmcat Such a cutie! 2y
Mimi28 Aaaawwww!!! 😻😻😻 2y
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Libby1
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#catsoflitsy

😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻

(From the Cole & Marmalade Facebook page.)

Johanna414 Truth. 2y
OrangeMooseReads That would be me even with my own cats 🐱😻 2y
Libby1 @Johanna414 and @OrangeMooseReads - that would be me with all cats EVERYWHERE. On my distant travels I once had to be strongly cautioned to stop petting stray cats with leprosy. 🙀 2y
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