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Snobby

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words Patrick Deeley pictures Tatyana Feeney

S N O B BY C AT

Orlando is a snob. He drinks cream, not milk. He won’t eat ordinary fish. Oh no! He eats salmon! But what happens when he has to catch mice?

Yuck!

Tatyana Feeney

5.99 / £4.99 ISBN 978-0-86278-946-6

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O'BRIEN

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Patrick Deeley

PATRICK DEELEY is a poet and has also written The Lost Orchard, and My Dog Lively, number 19 in the PANDA series.

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O’BRIEN SERIES FOR YOUNG READERS


Snobby Cat PATRICK DEELEY Pictures by Tatyana Feeney

THE O’BRIEN PRESS DUBLIN

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First published 2005 by The O’Brien Press Ltd, 12 Terenure Road East, Rathgar, Dublin 6, D06 HD27, Ireland. Tel: +353 1 4923333; Fax: +353 1 4922777 E-mail: books@obrien.ie Website: www.obrien.ie Reprinted 2006, 2011. Digital edition 2020. Copyright for text © Patrick Deeley Copyright for illustrations, layout, editing and design © The O’Brien Press Ltd

ISBN: 978-0-86278-946-6 All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or utilised in any way or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the publisher.

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Can YOU spot the panda hidden in the story?

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Orlando wasn’t just any old cat. He was a

Persian Black Smoke – with long flowing fur and large, amber eyes.

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What’s more, he lived in the biggest, grandest house in the village. 7

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Each morning, Orlando would stand on a

pedestal while his owner, Bertha Browne, groomed his fur.

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Not a single hair could be left out of place.

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Orlando didn’t take milk. Oh no! He drank cream from a china bowl.

And he slept in a basket filled with silk cushions. 10

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But one night when Orlando couldn’t sleep, he slipped through the cat-flap out to the garden. 11

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The moon shone, bringing a gleam to his eye. Orlando made gentle twirls and twists on the garden path.

‘O my!’ he said. ‘I’ve never had such wild fun!’ 12

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Suddenly he stopped.

What were those

shadowy shapes slinking slowly through the flowerbeds? 13

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Yes! It was those beastly cats from Caterwaul Corner. What were they doing in his garden?

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One fellow was missing an eye. A second had only half an ear. A third hopped on three legs. A fourth had lost his tail.

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The Caterwaul Corner cats jumped on each other, making a mad, furry ball.

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‘How common,’ Orlando hissed. ‘Clear off, you mangy cats!’ 17

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The cats stopped just long enough to snigger at Orlando. Then they turned back to wrestle and roll among the flowerbeds again. ‘I must let Bertha know,’ Orlando cried.

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He saw a large flowerpot on the window-sill. He leaped up, and the pot fell with a loud crash.

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The window of Bertha’s room shot open. ‘Away, you scruffy cats!’ she shrieked.

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A vaseful of water came tumbling down – right on top of Orlando, drenching him to the bone.

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Next morning Orlando’s fur was still wet.

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He had to stand on his pedestal for two whole hours while Bertha sprayed and shampooed and groomed him.

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Only when he was looking his best could he come to sit at table.

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There was cream, and there was cheese on a board. There was butter in a dish. And there was salmon! 25

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‘Breakfast, my darling!’ said Bertha.

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After dinner, he crept onto Bertha’s lap as she was sleeping beside the sitting-room fire. He began to doze.

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Tap-tip. Scritch. Scrip-scrap!

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What was that? Noises coming from the spare room?

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Suddenly Orlando was flung into the air. Bertha had woken up.

‘Mice! Mice!’ she screamed.

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‘Orlando, go up and catch those dreadful creatures at once,’ she ordered.

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Me? he thought.

How can she ask me to catch mice?

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Slowly he climbed the stairs. He pushed open the spare-room door.

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Orlando turned and ran. He ran into Bertha’s bedroom, jumped over Bertha’s bed and out through the open window.

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He tumbled down to the garden below, and landed almost on his feet.

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‘I know what I’ll do,’ he gasped. ‘I’ll hire a mouse-hunter.’

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He saw a magpie perched on a chimney pot. ‘I’m a nest-robber, not a mouse-hunter,’ the magpie sneered. ‘Find a hawk if you’re too lazy to catch the mice yourself.’

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Orlando had no idea where to look for a hawk. He went to the park.

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Above his head he saw a kite and the smoky trail of a jet, but no hawk. 41

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Orlando stroked his whiskers and thought and thought. ‘The alley cats!’ he said at last. ‘I’ll get them to help.’

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He strolled to Caterwaul Corner and looked around. ‘Where can they be?’ he wondered.

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Suddenly a bin lid fell with a clatter.

A man-hole cover lifted.

An old door creaked open.

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One by one, the Caterwaul cats came out. They smirked and winked slyly.

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‘I was wondering,’ Orlando said, clearing his throat, ‘if you guys would catch some mice for me up at Bertha’s house?’

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‘Why don’t you catch them yourself?’ One-Eye hissed.

‘Well,’ said Orlando, ‘only common cats catch mice. And, you see,

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‘Too posh to catch mice!’ Three-Legs sniggered. ‘Tell us, what kind of cat is a cat who won’t catch mice?’

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‘He’s no cat,’ Half-Ear snarled. ‘He’s a chicken!’ ‘Maybe he’s a mouse!’ laughed No-Tail. ‘Or a ’fraidy-cat!’ Added One-Eye.

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Then the Caterwaul Corner cats rushed at Orlando, hissing and spitting.

Orlando ran.

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What will I do? he wondered. I can’t go home now. I must get those mice.

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Night came. Orlando crept back to Bertha’s garden. He climbed into the branches of an oak tree and gazed sadly in at his old home. 53

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Next moment he heard a ghostly voice. ‘Hooo! Hooo! I can get rid of the mice.’

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Orlando jumped. He nearly fell out of the tree. He was staring into the large, round eyes of a barn owl. 55

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‘There’s a hole under the roof,’ she whispered. ‘I can go through it and eat up all the mice.’

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‘But why?’ asked Orlando. ‘Why do you want to help me?’

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‘I don’t,’ said the owl. ‘But mice are my favourite food! And I’d like the spare room to myself every day so I can sleep in peace.’

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‘It’s a deal,’ said Orlando. ‘Don’t let Bertha find out!’

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Next morning Bertha listened for the mice.

Nothing! Not a scritch! Not a scratch!

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‘They’re gone!’ she said. She gathered Orlando up in her arms. ‘My

hero!’

she beamed. Orlando was delighted.

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Orlando’s problem was solved.

But there was a catch. 62

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One day the owl wanted Orlando’s cream.

Then she wanted his salmon!

And his silk cushions!

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Poor Orlando! Now he was a servant to a bird!

Where would it all end?

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Cover: 196 x 130mm. Spine: 5.6mm

Snobby

32

Cat

words Patrick Deeley pictures Tatyana Feeney

S N O B BY C AT

Orlando is a snob. He drinks cream, not milk. He won’t eat ordinary fish. Oh no! He eats salmon! But what happens when he has to catch mice?

Yuck!

Tatyana Feeney

5.99 / £4.99 ISBN 978-0-86278-946-6

p and a s for

Beginner Readers

O'BRIEN

9 780862 789466

Patrick Deeley

PATRICK DEELEY is a poet and has also written The Lost Orchard, and My Dog Lively, number 19 in the PANDA series.

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Profile for The O'Brien Press Ltd

Snobby Cat  

Orlando the snobby cat doesn't want to have to catch mice: who can he get to help him?

Snobby Cat  

Orlando the snobby cat doesn't want to have to catch mice: who can he get to help him?

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