Can John Brown cope with Rosie's care for the outsider cat? A story about the possessiveness of love.
Rose lived with her dog, John Brown. 'Just the two of us,' said Rose, until the mysterious midnight cat came along, and things began to change. An award-winning classic tale.
Jenny Wagner lives with her husband, their dog and three lazy cats in a small Queensland farmhouse that looks like a witch's cottage. The garden is full of possums, lizards, goannas, frogs, scrub turkeys and other birds. Sometimes a couple of wallabies come to visit, too. Jenny likes writing best of all, unless it's going badly, in which case she hates it. She also likes going for walks, listening to classical music, studying languages, doing cryptic crossword puzzles, getting together with friends and putting off the vacuuming. She likes two-minutes noodles with tomato paste stirred in, brussels sprouts and good coffee. She doesn't like racism, cruelty to animals or people, or getting up early. As well as her best-selling novels featuring the nimbin, Jenny Wagner has also written several very successful children's picture books. The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek and John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat both won the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Ward (Picture Books) and are widely considered to be classics.
The sentimental story of widowed Rose and her sheepdog John Brown - a happy pair until a "midnight cat" appears on the scene and jealous John Brown refuses to take it in. But the dog comes round when Rose takes to her bed - "all day and forever," she announces-and he realizes that the cat is what she needs to make her better. Brooks' illustrations are crosshatched and cozy, but Rose's country furniture and wallpaper designs provide their only texture. The double-page closeups of shaggy John Brown, the side of the house, or whatever, give you very little to look at, and their essential vacuousness is especially evident in this large (9O x 10) format. (Kirkus Reviews)
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