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Old Toffer's Book of Consequential Dogs Reviews

Old Toffer's Book of Consequential Dogs by Christopher Reid, Elliot Elam

Old Toffer's Book of Consequential Dogs

Christopher Reid, Elliot Elam

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2 reviews

Category: Poetry, Non-fiction, Humour
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 4 Oct 2018
ISBN: 9780571334094

Originally conceived by Eliot himself, Old Toffer's Book of Consequential Dog poems are a witty, varied and exquisitely compiled as Eliot's cats.

2 stars out of 5
14 Oct 2018

"What Reid’s sequel soft-pedals is the thing that Eliot, the American who took British citizenship, was fascinated by: class"

What Reid’s sequel soft-pedals is the thing that Eliot, the American who took British citizenship, was fascinated by: class...Old Possum was a precise observer of 1930s England, with its electric sleeper carriages and “Woolworth pearls”. Reid’s amiable pastiche (like the elegant vignettes by illustrator Elliot Elam) evokes a London vaguely between then and now, where you can find both flame-grilled crisps and Wodehousian aunts who might “leave you heaps of money”.

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5 stars out of 5
11 Sep 2018

"Reid is a real master craftsman"

Reid is a real master craftsman, and even though his poems are pitched at younger readers, perhaps from seven or eight and up, there is plenty for grown-ups to enjoy too, from the way he plays around with new coinages (Ballybeg Rosie the greyhound is described as an “Offandawayhound”) to the way he subtly varies his rhyme schemes for effect, occasionally leaving the reader hanging on for a couple of extra beats before delivering a punchline.