This post for the catweek will bring special and nostalgic feelings for me. My favorite book when I was around 5 was called “Diez Gatitos” (Ten kitties), with a very simple story about how 10 cats disappear one by one distracted with a new adventure, only to be reunited in the last page. I know, not a very complex story, but the drawings were so sweet that I turned the pages with excitement again and again.
One of those happy coincidences made us find the same exact book in one second-hand stall during a stroll next to the Siene in Paris. It was obviously in French but was the exact edition with the same story and drawings. I was beyond thrilled because I had almost forgot about it (not really) and all the memories came back hastily in a flash. The book was in a pretty bad condition, but Dani (nice guy that hubs) insisted on buying it no matter what. I finally checked with my mom, before rushing into that purchase, to confirm she has my childhood books stored at her home and that this precious book was one which she best remembered having. That’s why we left the French one at the stall secretly wishing another kid could be soon enthrilled with it.
During our honeymoon in Japan (I think our travels should from now on always connected to cat stories) we bought another lovely book at Village Vanguard, a crazy store at Shimokitazawa that you must visit if you ever go to that Tokyo neighborhood. The story details are quite a mystery to us, shame on us for not being able to learn more Japanese, but the drawings and the theme was really appealing. The book is called 11 piki no neko (11 ぴきのねこ – something similar to 11 Hungry cats) and from what I can tell is about 11 cats that do not have enough to eat, and after learning of a giant strange fish decide to chase it.
The purchase was my imposition, which is quite rare, as I am usually the one of us giving not only second thoughts to every purchase but up to 10 thoughts prior buying anything. Maybe something inside me knew that after the ten kitties I needed eleven cats :)
Adding these two cute stories to our home shelves is making me wish to grow the collection. Do you have any cute cat story book in your childhood? I would love to discover more cat books with beautiful drawings!
Very happy to be reunited with my favorite childhood story.
The eleven hungry cats, hope they won’t bite Dani’s hand ;)
I have now learnt that the book is in fact a 1984 Spanish re-edition from a 1971 Pestazzoli-Verlad original edition by Pauline Thornley and Marianne Böck-Hartmann.
Cats and yarn. Aren’t the drawings the cutest?
The yarn page was my favorite but she was my favorite character. I couldn’t resist a cute kitty girl wearing a pink dress with a peter pan collar.
A little peek to all the pages of the book.
Dani choosing his favoite page of 11 piki no neko.
Here it is all the eleven cats battling against the giant fish. They look fierce!
Can you read Juno in the last two pictures?, I’m guessing cat stories may not be her favorite.
Have you read any of the two? Do you have a favorite cat story book?