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The Cat, The Bat and The Burglar - a delightful cautionary tale

Updated on December 26, 2014
Front Cover of The Cat, The Bat and The Burglar
Front Cover of The Cat, The Bat and The Burglar

Last Christmas, one of my favorite presents was the delightful tale of The Cat, the Bat and the Burglar. It is an adventure book presented in a very original way.

The tale is told in pictures and verse, and works on several levels so, I'm sure, it will be loved by readers of all ages. It has a beautifully hand written script, with full color illustrations by the author. The illuminated calligraphy really adds to the drama of this cautionary tale.

Colin Mason is author, calligrapher and illustrator of The Cat the Bat and the Burglar. A talented artist, he drew his inspiration from Victorian cautionary rhymes and the illuminated manuscripts of medieval monks to produce an adorable adventure. Colin began the tale with a description of Stella the bat and Walter the cat and their peaceful existence in an abandoned church, with its overgrown churchyard. Their lives are disrupted when a burglar, on the run from the police, came into the church looking for a place to hide his swag. His bag of ill-gotten gains even has the word "swag" written on it. Poor Walter is captured by the burglar who wraps him in a stripey jumper, and shuts him in a coffin in the crypt!

I have the printed version of The Cat the Bat and the Burglar, and loved reading it cover to cover in one sitting. It would make an ideal gift for kids aged from 6 to 106, or maybe even older! I thoroughly recommend it to parents... to read with or without a child!

To find out what happens to the burglar, the actions of Aldred the wise old owl and his friend the gargoyle, and how Walter escapes from the crypt, you'll have to read the book. I don't want to spoil the ending for you!

Whether you go for the Kindle version or the printed version, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

The Cat The Bat and The Burglar by Colin Mason
The Cat The Bat and The Burglar by Colin Mason

I would love to be able to write in such a beautiful way. Colin Mason's illuminated manuscript really adds to the feel of the story.

Please note that I do have the permission of the publisher to use these pictures. Please respect their copyright.

The Cat The Bat and The Burglar is available from Amazon, in paperback and Kindle versions. You can also pick up posters of the beautiful illustrations from the Persimew store, on Zazzle .

The Cat the Bat and the Burglar
The Cat the Bat and the Burglar

This is a beautifully illustrated tale, by a talented author. This version is in paperback.

 
The Cat the Bat and the Burglar
The Cat the Bat and the Burglar

The Kindle version of The Cat The Bat and The Burglar available for instant download.

 

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Aldred and the Gargoyle poster, available at ZazzleThe Cat, the Bat and the Owl poster, available at ZazzleThe land of the villainous dead poster, available at ZazzleWalter the Cat is shocked when the burglar arrives in the churchyardRead the book to find out how these guys help Walter the CatAnother example of Colin Mason's beautiful illuminated calligraphy
Aldred and the Gargoyle poster, available at Zazzle
Aldred and the Gargoyle poster, available at Zazzle
The Cat, the Bat and the Owl poster, available at Zazzle
The Cat, the Bat and the Owl poster, available at Zazzle
The land of the villainous dead poster, available at Zazzle
The land of the villainous dead poster, available at Zazzle
Walter the Cat is shocked when the burglar arrives in the churchyard
Walter the Cat is shocked when the burglar arrives in the churchyard
Read the book to find out how these guys help Walter the Cat
Read the book to find out how these guys help Walter the Cat
Another example of Colin Mason's beautiful illuminated calligraphy
Another example of Colin Mason's beautiful illuminated calligraphy
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I really love hand illustrated, manuscript book like The Cat, The Bat and The Burglar. Do you enjoy illustrated books? Which is your favourite read?

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    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      4 years ago from Colorado

      Those illustrations are exquisite! Sounds like a truly unique book.

    • savateuse profile imageAUTHOR

      savateuse 

      4 years ago

      @ecogranny: It has enough suspense to hold the attention of readers, young or old, but isn't too scary for the youngsters!

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      That looks like a fun story my grandchildren would love. The illustrations would suit them very well.

    • sierradawn lm profile image

      sierradawn lm 

      4 years ago

      This sounds like a book that this grandparent would love, with or without the grandchildren! Beautiful review!

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      glowchick 

      4 years ago

      This looks interesting, thanks for sharing :)

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      It sounds like a wonderful book; I can think of one person in my family who would appreciate this too :)

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