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The Cat in Grandfather's House   By: (1881-)

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The Cat in Grandfather's House by Carl Henry Grabo is a heartwarming tale that will resonate with both young and old readers alike. Set in a small, idyllic town, the story follows the adventures of Peter, a curious young boy, and his newfound feline friend, whom he affectionately names Whiskers.

The book begins with Peter's arrival at his grandfather's house for a much-anticipated summer visit. The house itself is a character in its own right, filled with the nostalgia of years gone by. Grabo's beautiful descriptions vividly evoke the reader's senses, painting a picture of the cozy, comforting environment that sets the stage for the story.

As Peter explores his grandfather's house, he stumbles upon a hidden attic, where he discovers a box of old photographs and letters. Among them, he finds a picture of a majestic cat, and his curiosity is piqued. Little does he know that his journey is just about to begin.

Peter soon encounters Whiskers, a wise and mysterious cat who seems to possess a deep understanding of the house's secrets. As the two embark on their adventure, they slowly uncover a captivating tale of the house's history and its relationship with the cats who have lived there over the years.

What makes this book truly special is Grabo's ability to seamlessly blend elements of mystery, fantasy, and a touch of magic into a heartwarming narrative. Through Peter's interactions with Whiskers, readers are not only entertained but also encouraged to ponder important themes such as love, friendship, and the importance of listening to one's intuition.

The author's writing style is engaging and flows effortlessly from one scene to another. Readers will find themselves fully immersed in Grabo's world, eagerly turning the pages to uncover more about the captivating history of the house and its feline inhabitants.

While The Cat in Grandfather's House is primarily a children's book, its themes and storytelling will also resonate with adult readers. It serves as a gentle reminder of the importance of cherishing our roots, connecting with loved ones, and embracing the magic that can be found in the simplest of moments.

Grabo's skillful storytelling and memorable characters make The Cat in Grandfather's House a delightful read for all ages. It will undoubtedly leave readers with a renewed appreciation for the special bond between humans and animals, as well as the enduring magic that can be found within the walls of a cherished family home.

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Illustrated by M. F. Iserman

[Illustration: In a strange house anything might happen.]

Chicago New York Laidlaw Brothers

Copyright, 1929 by Laidlaw Brothers Incorporated All rights reserved

Printed in U.S.A.


It is peculiarly fitting in this day of delightful juveniles that an author of many books on the technique of writing should turn his pen to the writing of this child's book.

Carl Grabo, with whose name "The Art of the Short Story" is at once associated, has written this whimsical and imaginative tale of Hortense and the Cat. Antique furniture, literally stuffed with personality, hurries about in the dim moonlight in order to help Hortense through a thrillingly strange campaign against a sinister Cat and a villainous Grater. The book offers rare humor, irresistible alike to grown ups and children.

It is a book that will stimulate the imagination of the most prosaic child or at least give it exercise! Wonder, the most fertile awakener of intelligence, and vision are closely akin to imagination, and both are greatly needed in this work a day world.

Each reader, a child at heart be he seven or seventy, will bubble with the glee of childhood at all its quaint imaginings... Continue reading book >>

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