Old Belle's Summer Holiday
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The illustration on our cover is taken from The Ankle Grabber, written by Rose Impey and illustrated by Moira Kemp (1870817 07 9, £5.50). The book is published by Ragged Bears and is one of the Creepies series (for full details see page 4). We are grateful to Ragged Bears and Rose Impey for help in using this illustration.
Old Belle, the veteran ratcatcher of the flour mill, has her latest litter when the mill owner is away on holiday. After her explorations disclose comforts undreamed of, she transfers her kittens to the sumptuous luxuries of the deserted mill house. But something menacingly cold and scentless lurks in the bedroom, and she retreats at last to the old mill, with the reassurance of its 'little thrilling currents of rat smell'. Flawlessly written, beautifully illustrated and completely unsentimental, this book tucks the reader so snugly inside the skin of the cat that you'll find yourself craving for mousemeat.