Advanced search ask you all for help in remembering what this book was called?

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allofthelights Wed 13-Jun-18 12:11:11

I have exhausted Google and still can't find it. It was a children's book that I read probably in the late 1980s/early 1990s about a cat that died, and his owner (a little boy I think) was sad. I think he actually says "he's gone now, and I'm sad about that" or something like that. Anyway, the boy comes across the whole neighbourhood's cats in mourning and comes to find out that actually, the cat led a whole secret double life in the night-time and was some sort of famous singer cat. It is driving me insane, WHAT WAS IT CALLED?!

MermaidCafe Wed 13-Jun-18 12:14:00

Fred by Posy Simmonds?

Uyulala Wed 13-Jun-18 12:14:18


GahWhatever Wed 13-Jun-18 12:15:27

Is it this?

BellaJessica Wed 13-Jun-18 12:15:47

Fred! They made a tv cartoon of it as well it was ace

liz70 Wed 13-Jun-18 12:16:36

I know the one you mean, but I saw a short film of it, shown over the Christmas period just passed, on iPlayer. I can't remember the title but will try a search.

liz70 Wed 13-Jun-18 12:17:19

Ah, you got it anyway! smile

allofthelights Wed 13-Jun-18 12:19:28

Amazing! Thank you all so much. I have googled so many permutations of "children's story about cat who's secretly famous" and got nowhere. I should have just come here first!

longlostpal Wed 13-Jun-18 12:23:14

Ohh yeah I remember this!!! Amazing!

PeggySueOooOo Wed 13-Jun-18 12:28:48

The cartoon is called Famous Fred liz70 but it is based on the book Fred.

liz70 Wed 13-Jun-18 12:37:24

Yes, thanks, Peggy. DD3, 8, enjoyed it very much. smile

Omzlas Wed 13-Jun-18 12:41:00

I remember this, for some reason it massively disturbed me but I could never figure out why

I've also been hammering google, searching for a book about a farmer who has a corn pipe, I think he's a bear? There's a tug boat in the book too but given that I can't remember what I had for breakfast yesterday.... I've been searching for about 4 years now, on and off whenever something reminds me about it but I'm none the wiser

BellaJessica Wed 13-Jun-18 13:00:17

Teddy bear farmer by phoebe and joan worthington?

Timeisslippingaway Wed 13-Jun-18 13:03:40

Oh my go OP, I think this is the book I have been trying to remember for the last 5 years or so and I can not find it anywhere on Google. My mum can't remember what it's called either. This is so weird! I clicked on your post thinking, imagine it was the same book I've been trying to remember 😂

allofthelights Wed 13-Jun-18 14:16:43

Timeisslippingaway amazing! I'm glad I'm not the only one with a total void in my brain where the title of this book should have been!

GahWhatever Wed 13-Jun-18 15:43:03

@Omzlas It isn't a bear and there isn't a tug boat but there is a pipe and a boy and fishing.
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