June 17, 2013

Orlando the Marmalade Cat

I love having pals who love books as much as I do. My blog buddy Miss Lucy asked me not long ago if I had ever heard of the Orlando the Cat books, and I said, NO I HAVE NOT!, and she said they were quite wonderful and then I said I'M GOING TO FIND THEM RIGHT NOW! and then I very quickly scurried to go find out about them, and well will you LOOK at this bizness?

The only book I was able to get from the library was the 'Orlando's Evening Out' story, which was loads of fun. Good for ages 4-7 in particular. Maybe up that age to 5, I had to explain a lot of the old fashioned language to Julia, as in what "combinations" were (a type of old fashioned underwear involving a vest and trousers). In this one, Orlando takes his kittens to the circus.

One of his kittens' names is "Tinkle". I laughed every time I read the word BECAUSE I AM REALLY THAT MUCH OF A TODDLER.

But the one I really really super want to read is 'The Seaside Holiday' book and 'A Camping Holiday'! Also, I would really like to altogether abandon using the word "vacation" and just use "holiday" in its place, like the Brits do. It sounds so much more festive.

For the passionate finders amongst you, there are hordes of these stories ~ about 20 or so. Kathleen Hale began writing them in the 1940's.

Pickle. I might just have to buy the seaside book. Look at the little bathing gown outfitty ensemble on Orlando's wife!

Oh and I also really want to read 'The Invisible Pajamas' story! Is that another phrase for just being unclothed? "Oh I'm just wearing my invisible pajamas."

(update: we also were able to find 'Orlando's Home Life'!)

16 comments:

  1. Cool! So glad you found them!

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    1. THANK YOU Lucy...these books are treasures!!! xoxoxo

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  2. The cover page illustration for A Seaside Holiday is hilarious!!! I love how vibrant the colors are on the pictures. 20 stories like these? I really must visit my library and find out if they have some!

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    1. Isn't it? That's my favorite!! I wish my library had more than they did, but it was still fun to read the ones that were there :)

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    2. Those books are in high demand! I just checked my city library and they have 9 different titles available... but they are for consultation only and at the downtown Central library. Can't take them home or transfer to another library :(

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  3. Oh I HAVE to read these (is it ok I am a grown up without kids??!)
    Loved Bagpus and Garfield - any story about a kittycat gets my vote.
    Sx

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    1. Absolutely Miss Sophie!! Children's books have ALWAYS been my preferred reading, without kids, with kids...give me a good children's book any day :)

      LOVE Garfield! Can't wait to introduce my kiddo to those :)

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  4. Our library doesn't have any of them, and I've wanted to check one out for years! I remember reading that Hale controlled every aspect of the publishing, and while one or 2 books have been reprinted, most are highly collectible now and pretty expensive. (Check out some of the prices on Amazon.) I'm so glad you got to read some and they really are that cool!

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    1. Yah I felt like it was a major score that my library had ANY!

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  5. These look hilarious! Oh how great! tinkle... hehehe, I'm totally giggling! Growing up we had a cat that looked just like Orlando, his name was Orange Julius, I loved that kitty!

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  6. oh, I need these. the more cat books the better for me!

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  7. Hello,

    I am very much glad to see this kind of blog. I loved cat so much. The series of children's books by Kathleen Hale, featuring the adventures of Orlando, his wife Grace and their three kittens Pansy, Blanche and Tinkle. For more information about Miami Boat Tour please visit our site Miami Boat Tour

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