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Gobbolino The Witch's Cat by Ursula Moray Williams
Be the first. Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Witches -- Juvenile poetry. For listeners aged 6 and over, readers of around age 9. Feb 23, Tweedledum rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-read , children-s-lit. I can recall little about this story, read around the age of 7, except that it was a fun read.
I was a voracious reader then as now and books raced through my brain like water to the thirsty. Sadly have little excuse to re-read with no grandchildren on the horizon yet but hey, who needed an excuse?
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Ursula Moray Williams no doubt inspired many of our more well known children's authors to write about cats and magic etc etc. One could easily draw a line from Gobbolino to The Worst Witch to Harry I can recall little about this story, read around the age of 7, except that it was a fun read.
Mar 23, Penni Russon rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-aloud-with-una. This was a favourite of mine as a kid. I think I tried reading this to Fred once but she wasn't interested. Una however loved it and summed up the plot to Martin "It's about a cat and he just wants to be a kitchen cat but it isn't fair because nobody understands him. Aug 21, Orinoco Womble tidy bag and all rated it it was ok Shelves: for-the-easily-entertained , mostly-harmless , children. Maybe if I had read this as a child I would have liked it more.
Coming to it at the age I am now, I found it repetitive and rather exasperating--the cat does nothing but cry all the time. It never occurs to him to strike out on his own, rather than letting circumstances just carry him along. He wants to be a kitchen cat, and yet he goes through town after town without actively looking for a kitchen that wants a cat. All his troubles are blamed on his birth: "Why oh why was I born a Maybe if I had read this as a child I would have liked it more.
All his troubles are blamed on his birth: "Why oh why was I born a witches' cat? I've owned kittens, they grow very fast, and his sister certainly becomes an adult cat in the same time, but Gobbolino remains stunted, kittenish-- immature.
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I wonder if the author was aware of her own symbolism, or if it just wrote itself that way? I realise that the repetition of whole sentences reflects the style of old fairy tales, but it didn't make it any more interesting to read.
Apr 13, janetandjohn rated it really liked it. Lovely children's book suitable for early readers and of course for read-aloud. This little kitten, born to a witch's cat, never quite "gets it". He doesn't want to be a witch's cat, but fate has dealt him a hand he can't quite shake off, whatever he tries. Each adventures sees him on the road again when things go wrong - so will he ever find his dream? What do you Lovely children's book suitable for early readers and of course for read-aloud. What do you think?! Oct 13, Dan rated it really liked it Shelves: reading-challenge , autumn-reads.
A nice revisit to a very sweet children's book that was read to me as a child. A lovely story that reminds us there is no harm in wanting a simple life! A story book I'll share as it think it's a wonderful story to be read aloud on a dark stormy bedtime! Apr 23, Nadhira Ramadhani rated it really liked it. A character with so much humility.. Love this story book!!! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Sweet little children's story, but I can't help feeling sad that he had to give up his magic to find his forever home.
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Shouldn't it be the other way around? The story started on a dark and cloudy night, when Gobbolino found himself the odd one out amongst witch's kittens - he had one white paw, blue not green eyes, and a hint of tabby on his coat. His appearance disqualified him to be a witch's cat, also his heart was too kind to be one.
He wanted to be good, not bad; he wanted to be a kitchen cat. After being rejected by the crowd he was born into, he embarked on a journey to find the home he would belong. Along the way, his magic and kindness The story started on a dark and cloudy night, when Gobbolino found himself the odd one out amongst witch's kittens - he had one white paw, blue not green eyes, and a hint of tabby on his coat. Along the way, his magic and kindness brought happiness to many, yet his own happiness never really lasted. Like many good children's tales, the story of Gobbolino will give younger readers cheers and make them wonder.
There are all the necessary characters that make a fairytale work: wicked witches on broomsticks, an ill but kind princess, a dragon in the tower, a kind woodcutter and his vain granddaughter… However, reading the story as an adult, I couldn't help seeing where the story was coming from: the misfit, disconnection, abandonment, and loneliness. The reader was taken on an emotional roller-coast of repeated anticipation, hope, then disappointment.
The world Gobbolino ventured into was not ready to accept him as who he was; in that world, he could either be a witch's cat, or a kitchen cat, not something in between. The Little Prince became a myth; he remained who he is, yet he also remained alone.
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Williams might have believed that the only way to make Gobbolino "fit" into the world, is to magically alter the root of misfit. What made most of this story fun to read was the somewhere-inbetween-ness of Gobbolino, the kind-hearted witch's cat with blue eyes and one white paw. By conforming Gobbolino, Williams asked the reader to accept the world which is often judgemental, cruel, black-and-white that he lived in, rather than Gobbolino himself.
I agree with a friend of mine who said the ending can also be read as a tale of trade-offs and concession. My feeling of dissatisfaction is probably more with the similarity between Gobbolino's world and the actual world we all live in, rather than the story that pointed to the similarity. I decided to read this book to my kids after seeing a recommendation on a parenting website that this was a 'classic'.
I never read it as a child so I thought I'd give it a go. The book begins with two kittens, born to a witch's cat.
One kitten, Scootica, is black with green eyes as is traditional for a witch's cat wants to follow in her mother's footsteps and become apprenticed to a witch. The other kitten, Gobbolino wants to be a kitchen cat and live with a family. He doesn't look the part I decided to read this book to my kids after seeing a recommendation on a parenting website that this was a 'classic'.
He doesn't look the part of a witch's cat either, he is dark tabby rather than black, he has one white paw and blue eyes so he gets abandoned by the witch after she can't find another witch to take him on, and Gobbolino is alone in the world. He tries time and again to find a home, but the fact he was born as a witch's cat always follows him and spoils his chances. My daughter aged 6 got a little upset with the book a few times, as life is repeatedly harsh on Gobbolino, and though the ending was happy, it made her quite angry!
She said she enjoyed the book but it's not one that I enjoyed all that much, the repetitive format began to pall a bit. I also think that the story missed a chance to give the message that you can be who you are, instead the moral seems to be change and be accepted, which seems a little sad to me.
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I wondered whether this was the received wisdom back in the s when this was written, but then I recalled many older books than this where characters remain themselves even though not all their traits are 'proper' think Jane Eyre, or Anne of Green Gables , so I think it's a fair criticism. On the whole, it was ok, it kept my daughter's attention but it's not one we plan to read again. View 1 comment. Sep 08, Helena Spiteri rated it it was amazing. Instead, he longs to be an ordinary kitchen cat that spends his time sitting by the fire and catching mice for his mistress.
Being so kind-hearted and not keen to perform spells and magic tricks, he gets abandoned by his mistress witch and sets off on a series of adventures to find his fortune elsewhere. The story revolves around his search to find a lovable home. But in the end, after much wandering about and meeting all sorts of characters along the way, he loses his ability to perform magic and is finally accepted as a proper kitchen cat, and he can happily give lots of affection to his new owners.
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