One day a mysterious cat, Tom Finger, appears at Queenie’s door. Each day Tom Finger comes bearing a different gift and Queenie is entranced. But her brother is not - he is convinced Tom Finger is a witch's cat. Queenie is determined to find out who Tom Finger really is and one day starts following him through the snow, guided by a slender trail of red wool... what Queenie finds at the end is totally unexpected.
Story and illustrations: Gillian McClure
U.K. Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2002
Tom Finger has beautiful and evocative watercolour pictures of a mysterious cat who leads Queenie through all the perils of a snowy forest as she follows his red thread trail. The story is excellent for reading aloud, with a rhythmic lilt and plenty of repetition.
Tom Finger takes you by surprise with its other worldliness and its un-Englishness.
Books for Keeps
The artwork in pen and light washes is fluid with large areas of unworked space, and the style and images would not be out of place in the European nursery picture book world of the early 20th century.