Children's Laureate 2001-2003
Carnegie Medal 1989, 1992
Whitbread Award 1993, 1996
Guardian Fiction Award 1990
So go on, ask me: "Dear, dear Tuffy. Why was your Christmas so horrible?"
Well. I couldn't climb the tree. I couldn't touch the dangly decorations. And Ellie made me part of her sing-along Christmas performance.
Horrible, horrible, horrible!
But I showed them. I was Tuffy the Acting Cat, superstar.
How was I supposed to know things would get so . . . messy?
Tuffy the Killer Cat has shared his private thoughts with his delighted readers in four hilarious installments. But have you ever wondered what he thinks about Christmas? Anne Fine is ready to tell us:
You'll all know I have very little time for the Killer Cat's endless complaints. I think he's spoiled and rude, and very selfish. But I have a certain sneaking sympathy for his attitude towards Christmas.
He doesn't like it!
Tuffy thinks it's a festival that wasn't made for cats. There is a tree he's not allowed to climb; bright dangly decorations he's not allowed to touch; and big shiny presents he has to keep his paws off.
And, if he's really unlucky, horrible cold white snow all over the garden.
But this year's Christmas holiday goes worse than most. To find out why, you'll have to read the book. (And if you have a sneaking sympathy with Christmas-haters, go out today and find a copy of The More the Merrier, too - for 8-12 year olds (and women of all ages).
Another hilarious outing for the "Killer Cat" - read about all of Tuffy's exploits here.
The Killer Cat's Christmas by Anne Fine is a book for younger children. It was first published by Puffin Books on 5th November 2009.
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