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“Okay, okay. So stick my head in a holly bush…”

Tuffy the Killer Cat knows what he likes. And he certainly doesn’t like the so-called “art” that Ellie’s mum brings home from her new art class! So when Mum’s creations start getting ripped and smashed, it couldn’t be anything to do with the Killer Cat – could it? A rib-tickling tale of mischief and mayhem from former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine.

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Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780141320984

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 3.6; Lower years; 1.0 points

Other details
  • 96 pages
Condition

New

UK edition

Author/Illustrator

Anne Fine

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Anne Fine is a multi award-winning novelist, and was Children’s Laureate from 2001-2003. Her novels range from the wickedly funny Diary of a Killer Cat for young readers, to the provocative_Road of Bones_ for teenage readers.

Speaking about her work, Anne says: “A lot of my work, even for fairly young readers, raises quite serious social issues. I believe that many personal decisions have a social or political resonance, and the way people try to pick their way through tricky family situations interests me. But people won’t (and shouldn’t) read books that don’t hold their interest, and I still adore funny books. So since I write for the reader inside myself, I always end up with the kind of book I would have loved to read (if only someone else had bothered to write for me.”

More about Anne: “When I was young, it never occurred to me that I might be a writer. I think I must have thought that books were born on the library shelves. But I was good at writing stories, and I had a good deal of practice.

At school, I enjoyed languages most, and took French and Spanish, along with History, for A levels. That meant there was no room for English, and so for my whole life I have been able simply to read what I want when I want, and only for pleasure or interest. I suspect that this has been really important for the way I write, making it so much easier to think always of the reader.

I studied Politics and History at University, and the interest in political issues shows up in many of the books. After university I taught in a girls’ secondary school for a year — exhausting! — and then moved with my husband to Oxford, where I worked as an Information Officer for Oxfam. Though I was only in this job for two years, it changed my attitudes to money, to ‘things’, and to what is truly important in life, for ever.

In 1971 my first daughter was born. Unable to get to the library in a snowstorm to change my library books, in desperation I sat down and started to write a novel. Clearly this was the right job for me, for I have never stopped writing for more than a few weeks since.

My husband’s job took us to California, Arizona, Michigan and Canada, where our second daughter was born. In 1981 I returned to Edinburgh, and a few years later moved to County Durham, where I now live quietly in a stone house beside a river with Richard, my partner of fifteen years.”

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  1. Avatar bat 761713

    ninjastickman
    on 7 March 2013

    The killer cat does not like art! First he trashes the canvas ellie’s mothe bought that had his portrait on it. Then he made a marvelous new painting from the new canvas ellie’s mother then bought and goodness knows what he’s going to do to the pottery. I would recommend these books to 6-10 year olds

    5out of 5