The Hob and Miss Minkin: Cat Tales from an old Sussex farmhouse by Sandra HornThe Hob and Miss Minkin: Cat Tales from an old Sussex farmhouse by Sandra Horn

The Hob and Miss Minkin: Cat Tales from an old Sussex farmhouse

bySandra HornIllustratorKatie Stewart

Paperback | February 15, 2016

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A series of six humorous short stories for confident early readers set all through the seasons, in and around an old farmhouse. A Hob lives under the hearthstone, unknown and unseen by everyone except Miss Minkin, the tabby cat. At night, while the family sleeps, he emerges to share a bowl of cream with her. They tell stories of the olden days, dance and sing – and have adventures. Innocent and magical, they triumph over troublesome mice, a birds’ nest in the chimney, smugglers’ loot, ‘spooks’, a silent newborn foal, and some very strange Christmas presents when they try carol singing. The stories often refer to places and events in the history of the Sussex Weald, where the author grew up.

I'm a children's author and publisher. I grew up in Crowborough, high up on the Sussex Weald, but I've lived in Southampton with my husband Niall for over 40 years, and our three children were all born and raised here in the city. I've been writing for children since 1995, when my first picture book, Tattybogle, illustrated by Ken Brow...
Title:The Hob and Miss Minkin: Cat Tales from an old Sussex farmhouseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:92 pages, 7.81 × 5.06 × 0.19 inPublished:February 15, 2016Publisher:The Clucket PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1909568082

ISBN - 13:9781909568082


Table of Contents

1: The Naming Song 2: The Empty Dish 3: Midsummer Magic 4: Carnival 5: Halloween 6: The Christmas Presents

Editorial Reviews

Amazon reviews of the ebook:These stories are as heartwarming as the hearth beside which they sit, the Hob and Miss Minkin. Nothing soppy about these creatures though. Children love the mystery of things that are there and not there; love the idea of strange magic which happens when they are asleep, but with all coming right in the morning light. Miss Minkin is like any cat which might live at our house and enjoys the freedom to sing songs and dance when we've gone to bed. We want to imagine this. And with the added bonus of adventure and friendship. by Valerie Bird on 28 January 2012If you loved The Borrowers by Mary Norton.............then you will really love this book! Simple, effective story telling that resonates with wit and subtle humour. Sandra Horn is a creator of magical worlds, and this book doesn't disappoint. Even better - now you can get it instantly! For £1.98 you can barely buy a pint of milk these days, and certainly nothing for children, but these stories will keep them mesmerised for hours. Highly recommended! by Dea49 17 February 2012A delightful bookThese stories, by the award-winning author of Tattybogle, will enchant young and old alike. Sandra Horn creates a sense of mystery and brings her characters to life with rich dialogue and gentle humour, as well as transporting her readers to a rural world, so different from the pressures of modern, urban life. A book you will want to Jayne Woodhouse 30 January 2012Sandra Horn writes with warmth and wit, from a deep knowledge of nature and country lore. With vivid flashes of detail and wryly observed characters, seasonal events and mundane happenings are all seen afresh. This may be a book for children but the sheer quality of the writing makes it a source of enjoyment for all ages. by J.J. Brown 2 March 2012A magical taleTruly more magical than any Wiccan spell book,this is a story of a cat and her friend,an elf.Really engrossing,there are little spells,a real old Christmas and Halloween along with horse and cat magic!Just wonderful. by Lydia 2 December 2015