Tabby McTat

(47 Posts)
DoctorGilbertson Fri 10-Feb-12 22:39:31

Is a great book, and it has lesbians in it. I am struggling to think of any others - any ideas?

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Fri 10-Feb-12 22:41:09

the song is murder, though. grin

DoctorGilbertson Fri 10-Feb-12 23:16:35

And I like the way that it has the same rhythm as the owl and the pussy cat I think, and that the park at the end is ?Victoria Park in Hackney

But no other suggestions, oh well

DoctorGilbertson Fri 10-Feb-12 23:16:54


'Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee you andthe old guitar, how puuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrfectly happy we are'

grin Love that.

Sorry no book suggestions though sad

WipsGlitter Fri 10-Feb-12 23:22:11

I hate that book. I can never get the reading rhythm right. Are you looking for books specifically with lesbians?

WipsGlitter Fri 10-Feb-12 23:22:39

As opposed to gay men?

DoctorGilbertson Fri 10-Feb-12 23:28:33

Yes, childrens books with lesbians in was what I was looking for, but always interested in other suggestions. Not really childrens books about having two mums, just normal childrens books that happen to not be completely straight (like Tabby McTat!).

Harry Potter - Dumbledore is gay

DoctorGilbertson Fri 10-Feb-12 23:48:39

You know I was kind of thinking about our books and there are lots that are completely neutral to family make up (Hairy MacLairy, the Gruffalo for example)

Lots that aren't about single parent families but only have either mums (e.g. Billy Bear) or dads in them - we are enjoying "What does Daddy do" at the moment - so kind of make these kinds of family set ups part of the normal stuff that I read to the kids

Lots about fantastic single women (Meg and Mog as a prime example)

But almost all the stuff that I read is in the context of a family with a mum and a dad - I am really enjoying reading Shirley Hughes at the moment, but again a very trad family set up in all her books.

DoctorGilbertson Fri 10-Feb-12 23:49:40

oh, of course re: Dumbledore

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Fri 10-Feb-12 23:53:22

the gruffalo is a single dad, isn't he?

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Fri 10-Feb-12 23:54:04

and of course charlie and lola's parents are invisible, which is fairly alternative... grin

ninah Fri 10-Feb-12 23:54:46

jeez i just read that and completely missed the lesbians
was more interested in that the thief gets away and there isn't a resolution of that bit

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Fri 10-Feb-12 23:56:48

i reckon the lesbians are scheffler's input, one of the names is non-gender specific.

duchesse Sat 11-Feb-12 00:01:46

Love love Tabby McTat. Never mind the lesbian couple- I love the fact that it has and older woman as one of the main characters. Love love love Julia Donaldson's output- somehow even after many repetitions they don't become boring (although Stick Man does have some dodgy rhyming to be honest.)

duchesse Sat 11-Feb-12 00:08:34

Well, the Gruffalo is a single dad in The Gruffalo's Child. And one of the fish in Tiddler lives with his granny. All JD books.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sat 11-Feb-12 00:12:12

i'm sure there are lone parents in the smartest giant. grin

Devora Sat 11-Feb-12 00:14:33

I love love love the incidental lesbians in Tabby McTat. You're not expecting them; it's not integral to the plot; it just IS. Very affirming and very unusual.

I'm racking my brains to think of any other incidental lesbians. Can't think of any. When I want my girls to hear stories about children with two mummies, like them, we're usually turning to something specialist: wholesome and American (usually by Leslea Newman or Todd Parr) or If I Had 100 Mummies or Spacegirl Pukes.

Devora Sat 11-Feb-12 00:16:12

Have we had Julia Donaldson on for a MN chat yet?

Or Axel Scheffler? His new Pip and Posy series is a thing of joy and obsession for my 2 year old. And The Tickle Book is just genius.

swanker Sat 11-Feb-12 00:22:54

The Sarah Garland books- doing the garden, and Coming to Tea have what appears to be a single gay mum in them... dont recall ever seeing any dads anywhere in them.

Devora Sat 11-Feb-12 00:25:37

I've never seen those before, swanker. Am off to Amazon now smile

swanker Sat 11-Feb-12 00:27:47

Hmm... Charlie Cook- single mum
Winnie the Witch - single woman

I love Tabby McTat though, my DCs adore it too.

Shirley Hughes' Christmas Eve Ghost is a single mum, albeit a widowed one.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sat 11-Feb-12 00:29:32

i loathe the tickle books, what a bloody stupid idea for bedtime... <moans>

swanker Sat 11-Feb-12 00:30:30

Oh- just read that Sarah Garland is Deborah Moggach's sister! How interesting.

Devora Sat 11-Feb-12 00:37:30

You read the Tickle Book at BEDTIME? shock

No no no, it's purely and strictly for a rainy day when you can't get out the house, and you need to chase them round the room screaming, "Let's get started, very very quickly..." until they've burnt off some energy.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sat 11-Feb-12 00:50:03

no, the pictures are all about going to bed. assuming we're talking about the same book. the tickle-me-too ones?

Devora Fri 17-Feb-12 23:38:50

No, the tickle monster ones! Only the last page is about bedtime, the others set in a train, a farm, a zoo etc. It's VERY sinister; stuff of nightmares.

TheIIlusiveShadow Wed 22-Feb-12 14:32:34

I think Poppy & Sam's parents at Apple Tree Farm are going through a rock patch. Mr Boot still volunteers at local steam railway but always appears uneasy when visiting the farm. Has he moved out? are they on a break? I worry about them, I hope it all works out. grin

Takver Wed 22-Feb-12 16:02:42

I think Mr Boot has left by the ones we had - was definitely Mrs Boot the farmer + children and no Mr (nor indeed other Mrs) Boot.

DoctorGilbertson Fri 24-Feb-12 01:29:14

Have you seen


(note, I saw this on the mumsnet twitter feed. While over on Gransnet I also saw that Greg Wiggle is coming back to the Wiggles) What else am I missing?

Devora Fri 24-Feb-12 08:49:41

I have for a long time suspected that Gransnet may be more my natural home.

DamselInDisarray Fri 24-Feb-12 15:28:33

We've got a gingerbread man book where Allie Blaster who goes to visit Auntie Hetty and Auntie Betty who live together. DH and I like to think they're a couple and like that it's utterly unremarkable in the story.

Tigresswoods Fri 24-Feb-12 15:30:41

Aah are Prunella & Pat lesbians!?

We kind of joked that they were but I suppose they probably are. I like this story even more now.

DamselInDisarray Fri 24-Feb-12 15:39:49

It's this one, but it's out of print now.

ButHeNeverDid Fri 24-Feb-12 15:47:18

gorilla has a single dad

hils3000 Thu 25-Apr-13 18:03:46

Has anyone else noticed the ghost in tabby mctat, in the picture above "he wandered a whole week long"? We noticed her this week, and was hoping if I googled it, the reason she's there might be explained. I would welcome any theories!

Spikeinhiscoat Thu 25-Apr-13 18:16:12

Um, what ghost? I've just been to have a look, and I can't see one. Whereabouts in the picture or am I just being gullible?

Mondaybaby Fri 10-May-13 14:43:04

The mum in the Daisy books, by Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt, have a single mum.

Mondaybaby Fri 10-May-13 14:47:47

I shouldn't post while I am working - That was meant to say, the Mum in the Daisy books is single.

DuchessofMalfi Sat 11-May-13 19:18:26

I've just scoured our copy of Tabby McTat and can't find the ghost either grin I found a couple of homeless people in the middle picture, and he's possibly asleep or maybe passed out having drunk the contents of the bottle floating in the canal. Love the parrots in the tree in the park at the end smile

Blueberryveryberry Tue 27-Aug-13 12:23:00

There is no ghost in my copy. Above 'he wandered a whole week long' I can see (from left to right): an old man with grey hair and a beard wearing brown (with Samuel Sprat following Tabby McTat), someone wearing the black muslim dress you can only see their eyes carrying a basket, a man with a moustache paying for his food (he is wearing a green top), a black/brown child wearing a blue hoodie and red trousers, the seller wearing a hat and handing a red bag, a black/brown woman wearing a green dress pulling a 'granny's trolley', a man wearing glasses, white shirt and blue trousers, a child wearing a yellow top on blue trousers on a pushchair, a woman wearing a red dress pushing the puschair, Tabby McTat, a woman selling fruit wearing an apron, a man carrying two bags wearing a burgundy jacket and blue trousers. No ghost.

YoniHuman Sat 14-Sep-13 02:09:18

I don't think a Dad is ever mentioned in any of the Harry & the Dinosaur Books.

GertBySea Sat 14-Sep-13 02:21:22

What tune do you sing the Tabby McTat song to? I always struggle

SavoyCabbage Sat 14-Sep-13 02:38:05

We've got the ghost. I've googled her too to no avail.

GertBySea Tue 17-Sep-13 04:35:13

No ghost here either. Where exactly in the picture is she, on yours, please?

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