I have the good fortune this week of having the opportunity to raid the bookshelves of my former charges from my nannying days almost 15 years ago. Holy flying time! I’ve been coming across some old favorites (Oh, hello Eloise. Ooooh, I remember you, Ping! Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka, we meet again…) and some beautiful new finds.
First up: Orlando the Marmalade Cat: A Trip Abroad, by Kathleen Hale. This is a new book to me, but apparently it was originally published in 1939 and reprinted in 1998.
The London-born Orlando, along with his master, is on his way to a relaxing seaside vacation when he accidentally ends up on the wrong ship and heads for France. His detour is not all bad, as Orlando finds himself on a grand adventure anyhow.
Apparently this is one in a series of Orlando books that have been reprinted in a gorgeous oversized hardcover, where our intrepid hero has also found himself on a farm, at the seaside, and on a camping holiday. The illustrations are vivid and subtly amusing- the cat’s expressions? Priceless.
Do you remember Orlando? I don’t know how I’d never seen any of these…