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Mr. John Bertrand Nijinsky and Charlie

TitleMr. John Bertrand Nijinsky and Charlie
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1986
AuthorsWilson, Budge
PublisherNimbus Publishing
DescriptorsAnimals; Cats; Easy Reader; English Language; Friendship; Illustrated; Nova Scotia

Set in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, this is the story of Mr. John Bertrand Nijinsky who, at the age of sixty-five, has grumpily given up on life, and of Charlie, the ugly little kitten who teaches him to love it again. This easy reader, published in author Budge Wilson's home province of Nova Scotia, is illustrated by Terry Roscoe Boucher. The illustrations are simple sketchy line drawings, primarily in black and white with highlights of green wash throughout.


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"Mr. John Bertrand Nijinsky walked up and down in his polka-dot pyjamas. He seemed to be thinking too. Suddenly he stopped pacing and faced Charlie. 'No!' he exclaimed, and then he said it again. 'No! I will not keep a cat in my house, and certainly not a cat like you!' He clapped his hands and stamped his bare foot. 'Get out!' he shouted, and pointed to the window" (24).