The Cat Who Came In off the Roof

Today I would like to share a review with you.  This was posted by Pam Norfolk on the Bridlington Free Press site.  Her e-mail address is if you would like to contact her.

Age 9 plus:

The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof by Annie M. G. Schmidt

When is a cat not a cat? When she’s a magical minx called Minou.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Annie M. G. Schmidt, the queen of Dutch children’s literature and part of the ‘Canon of Dutch History’ taught to Dutch schoolchildren alongside big names like Spinoza, Anne Frank and Vincent van Gogh.

Schmidt, who died aged 84 in 1995, wrote poetry, songs, books, plays, musicals and radio and television drama for adults, but is best known for her amazingly inventive children’s books.

One of the most seductive is The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof, an offbeat story about a cat who turns into a young woman and finds herself caught between the animal and human worlds.

Translated from Dutch by David Colmer, it has been produced by Pushkin Children’s Books, an enterprising publisher whose aim is to share tales from different languages and cultures with younger readers, and to open the door to the wide, colourful worlds these stories offer.

Mr Tibble is a talented writer but he is struggling as a reporter at his local newspaper. His editor is growing increasingly dissatisfied with his endless stories about cats and he is getting ready to give Mr Tibble the sack.

Then along comes Minou, a young woman who has moved into Mr Tibble’s flat. Until recently, she was a cat but, after a freakish turn of events, she is now a human being and doesn’t use spit to wash herself any more. But she still hates dogs, likes to climb trees and rooftops, drinks milk from bowls and loves the local fishmonger.

Mr Tibble first met Minou when he rescued her from an angry dog and invited her in for a saucer of milk, and now both their lives have been transformed.

Grateful Minou decides to help Mr Tibble by asking her feline friends and their cat grapevine to listen out for all the local human news, insider information and town gossip.

Before long, Mr Tibble’s career has taken off but when he decides to take on a powerful businessman on behalf of the local cats, his new found confidence and determination are put to the test.

Is Minou the answer to all Mr Tibble’s problems, or just the beginning of them?

The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof is an enchanting and magical story purr-puss made for cat lovers young and old. Wry humour and an irreverent sense of fun shine out from every page as animals big and small strut their stuff on Schmidt’s quirky catwalk.

Not to be missed!

(Pushkin, paperback, £7.99)


I will be sharing more of her reviews in the coming weeks.  Would love your feedback as to whether your child would be interested in these books.


Marion Lovato is the author of Sam, the Superkitty.  Her book describes an ordinary cat changing into a superhero to protect his family from things that go bump in the night.  Available on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle edition.


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