Monday, February 27, 2012

Book Review: "Cats Vanish Slowly" Poems by Ruth Tiller, Paintings By Laura Seeley

When I was a child of about 4 or 5 I remember one of my favorite bedtime books was a book of poems written by Robert Louis Stevenson called "A Child's Garden Of Verses."

I loved it so much that I had the entire book memorized and would delight in "reading" it to anyone who wanted to listen.

The illustrations were exquisite, so exquisite that I am able to vividly envision them in my mind today.

Cats Vanish Slowly is sure to become one of a child's favorite poem books in childhood and beyond. It is a book of poems about cats that live at "Grandmother's Farm." Children will delight as they follow these cats throughout the twelve poems in this book.

Some of the cats that they will meet are "B.P." a "bad penny" but he is completely loyal, Mama Gray (who bears a striking resemblance to Cody!) and her kittens and Buddha "the cat who might be a mystic, or might just be a cat."

From the publisher: "Poet Ruth Tiller captures the personalities and moods of each of her cats in clear, concise language easy enough for young readers, but with evocative imagery and varied rhythms that will engage the interest of older readers as well."

"If you've ever loved a cat, you will understand why Ruth Tiller echoes a famous Cheshire Cat passage from ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND for the title of her book. The cats of CATS VANISH SLOWLY will remain in your heart and mind long after you finish this magical book."

There are a number of full page illustrations (paintings) which were done by Laura Seeley that  will make you want to snip them from this book and put them in frames to display. (No! Don't really do that! You don't want to cut a book, but they ARE superb and you WILL want to frame them!)

Suggested Ages 6-10

  • ISBN: 978-1-56145-106-7
  • Total Pages: 32
  • Size: 8 x 12

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I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a copy of Cats Vanish Slowly to read/review.


  1. Awwww a poetry book about cats for kiddies and young at heart! Yay! Thanks for the review and intro, Caren and Cody! Take care

  2. A kitty poem book sounds great!

    You're so amazing that you could memorise the whole book of 'A Child's Garden of Verses". I have that book but I don't think I can recite anyone of them, LOL!

  3. OOOOOH I see this book in my human brother's future:D!!

  4. What a great book! I shall have to get it for the Grand Children!
    Nellie's Mom

  5. The first thing mum said when she started to read this was Alice in Wonderland!! It looks as though she will be reading this one too.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  6. Ohhh what a beautiful book, I have a niece who just had a baby and this would be a great gift for her. She loves to read and reading a poem at bed time is a something she would love. Thank you so much for sharing this with us Caren! :) Hope you are having a great week so far.

  7. That sure looks like a great book. It would make a great present for someone with small children. Thanks for the info.

  8. Sounds like a great book that a little kid would cherish always

  9. just because you said so, I added it to my Wish List on Amazon! Have to wait a while till I can buy it.
    I kept my edition of "A Child's Garden of Verses" in my first grade classroom. That and the various Shel Silverstein poetry books were read to my students every day.

  10. This looks like the "purrfect" thing for my mom, who's taught grade-schoolers for the last 35+ years! Thanks for introducing all of us to it, Caren & Cody! :) xoxo

  11. Aunty Caren,
    "Cat Vanish Slowly" happened in May 2011!!! Remember when I went on a solo "vacation" last year? Anyway, we love all books about cats. will look out for this one. purrr...meow!

  12. That sounds like a terrific book for little beans! And we know some of those! :)

    Hope you're having a great week, dear friends.


  13. I loved A Child's Garden of Verses when I was little. This sounds like a great book for children.

  14. this is my favorite poem.