Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The Cat Thief

I can't quite remember if I found this book at a jumble sale, or car boot. Its called "The Cat Thief" and its illustrated by William Stobbs. (Written by Joan Cass.) To be honest, I'd never heard of William Stobbs, but if you do a quick bit of research you'll discover that in the 1950s, 60s and 70s he was a prolific and well respected illustrator who even won the prestigious Kate Greenaway medal back in 1959 for another title, "Kashtanka and a Bundle of Ballads". He also taught at Maidstone and the London College of Printing. Its seems to be harder and harder these days to find quality items at boot sales and the like, but I'll definitely keep my eyes peeled for more William Stobbs. I'd particularly like to find "The Little White Hen" or  "The Adventures of The Wuffle".


  1. You just cost me alot of money! :-D I love the look of these books and have just ordered two.

  2. Oh well...revenge at last I suppose! I'm always seeing things on your blog that I'd like!

    1. It has arrived and I love it thank you.

  3. these look great, the 'wuffle' looks v intriguing... I love finding unexpected books at car boots etc too - I'd not heard of William Stobbs - I studied at Maidstone but not so far back as that!!

  4. Lovely page - there will be a small celebration of Bill Stobbs Centenary at the Illustration Cupboard on Bury Street in London on 13 July - as people who appreciate his art you are welcome to come -http://www.illustrationcupboard.com