The Cats of Butterwick Sands

(12 customer reviews)


  • Author Name: Gabriella Thomas
  • Publication Date: 28/11/17
  • Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781912083022

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The Cats of the Butterwick Sands is a children’s book following the various adventures of cats in a small run down seaside town called Butterwick Sands, a place that has seen better days; the hero being one special cat named Percy. He is a very clever and dignified cat and he is at the centre of all the adventures, stories and intrigues that the cats and other animals have. The other cats within the book are strays from across England and beyond – they come together to restore the funfair and caravan park, breathing life back into Butterwick and thus ensuring its survival.

Author Gabriella Thomas lives in Brixton, London but was born and raised in Reading in Berkshire. Gabriella has also lived in Aberystwyth in Wales, and it was there, amongst the sea and mountains that she decided to write the book. The inspiration to write the book came from her two grandchildren, Mariella and Elliot. Gabriella grew up in small villages where she often felt quite lonely, so she found herself giving voices to the cats and other animals and imagined what the world would be like if they could talk. Latterly, when reading stories to her grandchildren, Gabriella saw how much they all loved the voices as well.

Gabriella has worked in Nursing in the NHS for over twenty-five years, and currently works as full-time Clinical Nurse Specialist, working with children and families. Gabriella is also a qualified Psychiatric Nurse and has gained diplomas in Family Therapy from the Institute of Psychiatry and in Psychotherapy from the Tavistock Centre in London. The characters within the book are a reflection of people that Gabriella has met or known over the years; the animals all reflecting the quirks and nuances of the human condition.

12 reviews for The Cats of Butterwick Sands

  1. Vironment

    Came across this quirky book about the adventures of a group of cats living in and around a traditional good old-fashioned seaside town. It is very well written and is certainly an antidote to the violence of computer games and the like that young people seem drawn to these days. It is a gentle adventure, nostalgic, without too much sentimentality and one is drawn into the story by the characters, both human and cat and even seagulls and other animals. Gives a kindler, more gentle vibe of safer more innocent times. I loved it and l think children of all ages will grow to love it too. For a debut book it certainly stands out, for all the right reasons

  2. Amazon Customer

    Lovely story for children.

  3. Nessa

    The Cats of Butterwick is a very good book for children all ages. For parents or grandparents etc to read this book to small children or children to read it independently. I found this book Fun and lol in some places. It tells adventures of cats in a small seaside town and other adventures from strays across England etc. Stories are set in caravan parks, funfairs etc. Children can relate to some of these stories. I always look for books to use in the class room and this is one of them. Most children love cats and may own one so this book will be a good talking point for future classes and projects.

  4. Summer

    I have read this book and I absolutely loved it! the author did a wonderful job at giving these cats great characters and loved the adventure they went on! a great book with great morals. highly recommend!

  5. Chris Abbott

    A fantastic story for children of all ages, true escapism that draws you in and leaves you wanting more. The author really finds the voice of the characters and it has a good take home moral message as its core.

  6. Kim Cabera

    The Cats of Butterwick Sands is a delightful novel that is perfect for anyone who loves cats. Set in a small seaside community in Britain, the story is written by Gabriella Thomas… There are many interesting characters in the novel. Each cat has a story and they all intertwine… This is a very sweet story and would make a great book to read to children at bedtime. The cats have personalities, just as any cat owner will tell you. They demonstrate good skills by getting along, helping each other, looking out for strays and assisting them, and helping their humans. They may have differences, but they learn to overcome them. The other animals also work with the cats, including the donkeys, dogs, chickens, a fox, and the seagulls. One message of the book is that we might all be different, but we can get along and help each other out. I think this would be an appropriate story for any age, but that children will particularly like it. The main storyline involves the whole town and the big changes, so there are lessons about decision-making and communities and neighbors pulling together. It’s overall a very positive and uplifting story. There is no violence in the book, apart from a man falling and hitting his head. That’s the scariest thing that happens, so it’s completely appropriate as a children’s book. I enjoyed this novel heartily. I have cats myself and can tell you that cats definitely are independent and each has a unique personality, just as do the cats in this book. Cat lovers may recognize some of their feline friends in here. The illustrations are well done and depict certain scenes in the book. The cats are accurately drawn. The end is very uplifting and I hope that there will be a sequel. Over the course of the book, I became intrigued with all the charming cat characters. Any one of them could be the subject of another novel. So, my hope is that the author continues the story in some way. Perhaps showing us what happens in the future of Butterwick Sands, or even taking one of the cats on a journey and introducing the reader to a new community. I enjoyed this book immensely and I highly recommend it. Cat lovers, you simply have to read this book! You will not be disappointed. I give it five paws.

  7. S. Mahaffey

    Butterwick Sands in England had an amusement park for several years where cats would go and eat leftovers from the customers. When the amusement park closed, the cats stayed finding food leftovers behind restaurants and stores if not finding prey to catch and eat. Percy the cat acts as a constable and judge for the cats living in the former amusement park and town. The cats have created a community that is quite harmonious. The cats all have interesting lives. There is a family that lives in a trailer complete with a dog. They live next to a trailer that has an elderly woman who lives in it. I love the cats interactions with each other and people besides their individual adventures. The author has written an excellent story that is original and quirky. It was fun for me to read it. The book is illustrated with black and white drawings. Do read and enjoy the book!

  8. Amazon Customer

    I received a free copy of The Cats of Butterwick Sands by Gabriella Thomas in exchange for an honest review. This is an engaging series of vignettes recounting the adventures of a town’s cats. The viewpoint switches between some of the more prominent feline citizens. The cats’ individual adventures and interactions with others are highly amusing. It was a fun, enjoyable story. No matter how humble the exterior appears, the inside of a cat’s head is a haughty place.

  9. Sarah Luxton

    I enjoyed this book. It’s quite different to other animal books and I really felt that each cat character came alive as their stories unfolded. Each one has its own personality that shone through the story. A lovely book for confident readers in lower KS1.

  10. Melissa Lapierre

    Whether you’re 9 or 90, Butterwick Sands is a place no animal lover will ever want to leave. The town’s story is told in a series of vignettes from the viewpoint of some of the more prominent feline citizens, all strays from around the UK who have sought refuge at the former fairgrounds. My favorite characters include the lovely Lala, tossed out of her mansion after her owner passed away and finds love with Milo, Hamish the Scottish Fold who lives at the fish and chips shop, ancient Hester from the general store, who spends her time napping on a top shelf at the store and no one can understand how she gets up and down, and Fergus who wears a bandanna lives in a caravan with Old Mags. I also really liked Mr. Peabody, sort of a Scrooge-like character who intensely dislikes cats until they save his life one snowy night when he falls and injures himself. The illustrations depicting various scenes are darling and the cat characters are each written with unique personalities that will remind you of the cats in your own life. My hope is that this is just the first in a series because these cats have so many more stories to tell!

  11. Carla Brown

    What a great read! I was hooked from page one! Loved the book!

  12. Lori’s Book Loft

    This charming story moves from one location to another with a mix of characters such as a Percy, Pebbles and Mr. Peabody. It includes many animals and describes their behavioral or physical characteristics to amuse readers. There is mentions of fur flying and crooked whiskers and the clucking voice of chickens. It also speaks of stray cats and donations to cat charities.

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