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Gobbolino the Witch's Cat (A Puffin Book)

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Ursula Moray Williams was born on 19 April 1911 at Petersfield, Hampshire, ten minutes after her twin sister, Barbara. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. Born to a witch's cat, Gobbolino wants nothing more than to find a home amongst the warmth and bustle of a kitchen. He escapes to look for a kitchen home but is distrusted everywhere he goes and blamed for mysterious happenings, such as the farmer's milk turning sour and the orphanage children's gruel turning into chocolate. Sadly have little excuse to re-read with no grandchildren on the horizon yet but hey, who needed an excuse ?

The world Gobbolino ventured into was not ready to accept him as who he was; in that world, he could either be a witch's cat, or a kitchen cat, not something in between. A class activity could include listing the different characters in the book and then drawing pictures of them. He doesn't look the part of a witch's cat either, he is dark tabby rather than black, he has one white paw and blue eyes so he gets abandoned by the witch after she can't find another witch to take him on, and Gobbolino is alone in the world. After being rejected by the crowd he was born into, he embarked on a journey to find the home he would belong. He is adopted by a sick princess, but when she is well again she leaves for boarding school without him, so he joins a Punch and Judy show as 'Toby the Dog', but a witch in the audience reveals him as a witch's cat.He tries to be a normal kitchen cat, first at a farm, then an orphanage, then the mayor's house, but his magic always gets him into trouble. No one could mistake Gobbolino for a simple kitchen cat, with his sparky whiskers and magic tricks, but that's just what the witch's kitten wants to be.

Una however loved it and summed up the plot to Martin "It's about a cat and he just wants to be a kitchen cat but it isn't fair because nobody understands him.Dar să vă zic ce am învățat eu după mai bine de două decenii de când sunt nesuferită și sarcastică: când un om te vede așa cum ești și te iubește, nu o să conteze că scoți scântei din mustăți ca Gobbolino sau că faci deseori glume răutăcioase, deși nu cu răutate, ca mine.

Coming to it at the age I am now, I found it repetitive and rather exasperating--the cat does nothing but cry all the time. He tries time and again to find a home, but the fact he was born as a witch's cat always follows him and spoils his chances. It is so monotonous, I could barely bring myself to read on, but I wanted to finish it since I knew I enjoyed it as a child. My feeling of dissatisfaction is probably more with the similarity between Gobbolino's world and the actual world we all live in, rather than the story that pointed to the similarity. So he sets out on a journey to find a new home, but when people discover he is a witch's cat he is blamed for mysterious happenings, such as the farmer's milk turning sour and the orphanage children's gruel turning into chocolate.I like the circular nature of the tale, as Gobbolino begins his journey with the river and ends at the river.

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