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Series: NYRB Kids
ISBN: 9781681372327
Pages: 352
Publication Date: July 3, 2018

ThomasinaThe Cat Who Thought She Was a God

by Paul Gallico

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Seven-year-old Mary adores her ginger cat, Thomasina, and is crushed when Thomasina falls sick, and Mary’s father, a grim, inflexible man who is the town vet, decrees that the only thing to be done is to put Thomasina down. Mary refuses to speak to her father, and then she herself contracts a life-threatening disease. In the meantime, however, Thomasina has been rescued—by the mysterious Lori, the Red Witch of the glen. Thomasina is now Talitha, the descendant of an Egyptian goddess, and she is coming back to seek revenge!

Thomasina, like Jenny of The Abandoned, Paul Gallico’s other great feline heroine (Jenny is Thomasina’s great-aunt), tells her own story in her own way, witty, charming, divine, and sometimes as sharp as an unsheathed claw. Thomasina is a cat for the ages. Thomasina is a sheer delight.

by Paul Gallico


This is a story that cats would love as much as I do!
—Michael Morpurgo

The portrait of Thomasina, with her sublime detachment and egoism, is a triumph of whimsically creative art.
Birmingham Post

Highly romantic, highly sentimental, highly extravagant, but to cat lovers particularly, highly enjoyable.
—Rose Feld, New York Herald Tribune Book Review

A zoophile’s delight...a pleasant fantasy.
—Hal Borland, The New York Times Book Review

Gallico's cats have been burned in my brain since childhood; they seemed so real to me and Thomasina still stands out.
—Alison Flood, The Guardian