Welcome to Children's Corner book reviews from 4MBS Classic Radio FM in Brisbane. Here you will find short annotations of the children's books reviewed by Kerry Neary in Children's Corner on 4MBS, together with the details you need to find them at your favourite bookstore. Any prices shown are the publisher's Australian recommended price and may vary depending on where you shop. You are welcome to use these reviews for newsletters and the like with appropriate acknowledgement.

Sep 13, 2014


T S Eliot, illustrated by Arthur Robins
Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571312122           RRP: $22.99

Macavity, the mystery cat which may have special powers of escape, from Old Possum’s book of practical cats, makes a whimsical entry to picture books. The poem is reproduced in its entirety, no ‘adaptations’ for children – which would have spoilt the wonderful rhythms and witty rhymes anyway. Macavity is typically represented as a ginger tabby with dubious bloodlines, in a style with quirky, scratchy lines and bold colour splashes perfect for the character of this, the Napoleon of crime. This book has been published to celebrate the first publication of Eliot’s collection on practical cats 75 years ago and has loads of modern appeal.