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The Cat Who Came in from the Cold

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ISBN-13: 978-0553089639
ISBN-10: 0553089633
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From Publishers Weekly

Longden was never a cat-lover, but a rain-soaked white kitten in his neighbor's yard changed all that. He and his wife, English novelist Aileen Armitage, adopted the stray and named him Thermal after he nearly froze in their refrigerator. In this heartwarming, genial account, which is flecked with puckish humor and endearingly illustrated with line drawings, the British radio broadcaster recounts the misadventures of a high-energy cat who eats peanut butter, cavorts with dachshunds, shreds envelopes while sitting in a wastebasket and stays away from home for a full month. Longden's cheerfully busy household expands when a second adoptee, Tigger, turns the cellar into a halfway house for roving neighborhood cats. As Thermal changes from an ankle-rubbing sycophant to a toilet-roll-spinning terror, it's touching to watch Longden's affection for and understanding of his furry soulmate continually deepen.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

A middle-aged man with a crusty personality who never thought of himself as a cat lover finds himself won over by a stray white kitten. Sound familiar? Like Cleveland Amory in The Cat Who Came for Christmas ( LJ 10/1/87), Longden relates how he rescued a kitten, Thermal, from the cold rain, describing all the joys and trials of raising a kitten. Although Thermal's imaginary conversations and observations with Longden are quite engaging, the British setting and dialog are not as charming as James Herriott's animal stories, and the narrative is not as amusing as Amory's. This is recommended only for libraries whose patrons demand another man-meets-cat book. See also William S. Burroughs's The Cat Inside and Dee Ready's A Cat's Life: Dulcy's Story , reviewed above.--Ed.
- Eva Lautemann, DeKalb Coll. Lib., Clarkston, Ga.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cat Who...
  • Hardcover: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (October 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553089633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553089639
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mom O'3 on October 12, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette Verified Purchase
I first picked up the audio version of "The Cat Who Came in From the Cold" from our library while preparing for a marathon car trip with my husband (not a man who thinks highly of cats) and sons (ages 23, 20 and 14). I was pretty skeptical that the male majority would really 'let' me listen to a book with a cute little kitten on the cover, but I added it to my stack anyway (it's good to be Queen!). After having had my fill of "Tom Clancy" and his friends, I plugged in "The Cat Who Came in From the Cold" and soon ALL of us were all laughing the miles away. On our return leg of our trip, all these big guys (and their mom AND DAD) wanted to hear the "Thermal" tapes again (listening to a story a second time through is unheard of around here!) Along with most of Deric Longden's other books, we now own our own set of tapes to share with family, and the book version (which my 14 year old son, who hates to read, read cover to cover in about a day). Cheeky Thermal is an oft quoted cat around here. It is also nice to find a book that appeals to everyone in the family without any objectionable material. This is just great, light-hearted fare.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 1999
Format: Audio Cassette
Having read Deric Longden's first five books (the others include Diana's Story, Lost For Words, I'm a Stranger Here Myself & Enough to Make a Cat Laugh), I can confidentally say that this is when the author is at his best. He delivers enough comedy (something to be expanded upon in subsequent books), but mixed with a subtle version of his own blend of tragedy (already established in previous books). Whilst many thought that his characterization of his mother's mental decline in Lost For Words was distasteful, I would think that even the harshest of critics would fail not to find the story of a lost kitten a least a little endearing.
Although it may be easy enough to dismiss this as simply a children's novel, I would say that, given enough suspension of disbelief & a little imagination, this can be a thoroughly enjoying read, and (cliche) a book that you will want to keep coming back to, time & again, even if only for some of the amusing anecdottes presented by Thermal.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Holladay on January 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Although I love animals and I love books, I don't usually read animal books, with the exception of some books by veterinarians. This was the first cat memoir book I can remember reading all the way through and I absolutely loved it. The author has a lovely understated style and I was impressed at how much mileage he (and Thermal) could get out of a simple, discarded raisin. Maybe I especially loved the book because Thermal reminded me of one of my recent rescue kitties who lived only 18 months but had an amazing personality. Some readers may not respond to the author's style but I'm going to keep this book on my "favorites shelves." I expect I'll be rereading it at some point in the future.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kristena (cherron@teleport.com) on May 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
American readers who enjoy authors such as Cleveland Armory are really deprived of the British author Derick Longden's classics. "The Cat Who Came In From the Cold" was the first of his books I read, but was able to read more only because I have a friend who orders them from the UK. Longden imparts personality and (imagined) dialogues and thoughts from his cats, which will have you chuckling and nodding in agreement with his knowledge of our feline favorites. GET HIS BOOKS!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anon on March 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Deric Longden writes from his heart. This storyline makes one think that he is carrying on a very personal conversation with Thermal, et. al. Creative perspective and humorous to read some of these anecdotes as we can all envision these same scenarios in our own homes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By pendle@amun-ra.demon.co.uk on August 17, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Here in the UK, Deric Longden, writes a regular 'tailpiece' for 'Your Cat' magazine. It was through this that I bought the book. This is an incredibly funny and heartwarming story of how Deric took in the small white kitten,Thermal and how Thermal made such an impact on Deric and Aileen's life.
You can't help but love the cheeky little kitten and how he makes himself at home in the Longden household and feel heartache when he goes missing. The way my own cats look at me, I can tell what they are saying and this is no exception with Thermal, Deric Longden gives him a voice and character which really comes alive and this makes the book something special.
Deric has also written, I'm a Stranger Here Myself, which further chronicles the story of Thermal, Tigger, Frink and Arthur and his latest is Enough to Make a Cat Laugh.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Winslow on September 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
I listened to this book on audio cassette while I cleaned my barn. It was so much fun to listen to, I cleaned more and more each day because I didn't want to turn off the tape. My barn is now immaculate, and I was sorry to come to the end of the story!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Garfield Moose on June 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed the book. Would recommend to all animal lovers. I laughed I cried so what more do you want from a summer reaad.
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