Gruffalo artist to give TS Eliot’s cats a makeover

March 30th, 2008 - 1:38 pm ICT by admin  

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London, Mar 30 (ANI): The characters of TS Eliot’s cats from Old Possums Book of Practical Cats, are to be given a well-deserved makeover by Gruffalo artist, Axel Scheffler.

Old Possums Book of Practical Cats, originally published by Faber & Faber in 1939, is to emerge in a new version with illustrations by the artist best known for his depiction of the Gruffalo, the beastly creature with terrible teeth in his terrible jaws.

The new creations by Axel Scheffler, a German-born illustrator who lives in London, are likely to be as eagerly awaited by figures in the political world as by young families.

Gordon Browns modus operandi is said to bear more than a passing resemblance to that of the Mystery Cat, Macavity, who honed the knack of slinking away at times of mayhem and misdemeanour Youll be sure to find him resting, or a-licking of his thumbs, / Or engaged in doing complicated long-division sums.

The feline poems have been a worldwide success since it first appeared and has never been out of print.

Translated into many languages, it was turned into the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, which won a clutch of awards and became one of the longest-running shows in Londons West End.

The new version of the book, to be published next year, will use Schefflers colour illustrations.

It will appear in a year that is both the 70th anniversary of Eliots original and the 80th of Faber & Faber itself.

Its also a little bit of a personal project for me as Faber published my very first illustrated books 20 years ago, Times Online quoted Scheffler, as saying. (ANI)

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