I promise it is a complete coincidence that our wienador is named Angus, because it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I found an old book from my childhood called Angus and the Cat. In fact, although it was published in 1931, it’s inscribed from 1980 by Uncle Jess, giver of many quality books and soon to be haver of her own nursery bookshelf. Of course, Uncle Jess must have been no more than four at the time and the inscription is in the neat cursive of her mother so I can once again thank Sarah for today’s book.
Angus and the Cat, by Marjorie Flack (of Ping fame), is simply about a small dog’s reluctance to accept a cat into his home. Understandably so, really, because cats are just so…apathetic and self-absorbed. At least mine is. The cat in the book, unnamed because I’m sure Angus doesn’t understand English and is fairly simple-minded (at least mine is), shows up one day. Angus is curious but shy, interested but…a dog…with ears that can be boxed. The cat is indifferent to Angus, as cats tend to be, but then this cat has the gall to lie on the sofa, try to take Angus’s food, and worst of all, sit in Angus’s special sunny spot.
That poor hapless dog can’t find the cat anywhere (of course the cat is always just one step ahead of him). He sulks a bit, and realizes that he actually misses him.
And that’s it! My favorite kind of story, told simply of the basest of human emotions. One is annoyed by another’s existence until the other’s gone, then feels lonely until the other’s return and that’s all there is to it. I love it. Some of the illustrations are in black and white, others in color, and the ones in color have a wonderful sort of nostalgic shadowy bright-color-on-dark-ink pop art quality to them. I love it!
I’m sorry I was quiet last week- we went back to Montana to pack up some of our stuff and bring it back to Michigan. We hit amazing, August-like weather and got to visit friends and hang in the cabin together again. How was your week?
These aren’t book reviews, per se, but more profiles of the really, really good ones. Recommendations, really, for which I am not compensated. If you’re looking to buy any of them you can click on the the links and cover photos in each post, OR you can click on the little box over there on the right that says “amelie’s bookshop (buy the books)” and it will take you to my Amazon Affiliate store- you’re buying them as you normally would through Amazon, except that I get a teeny tiny commission. Or even better, walk on down to your local independent bookseller and support them.