(and his cousins Grabbit and Skoot) have been reviewed in a number of magazines.
Here's what they had to say.....
Head Teacher's Thoughts on Jack
“Jack the Station Cat” books are a charming series that
will delight young and old. Jack lives at Tails’ End station
in Wales with his cousin Tom, Aunty Buzz (the superintendent of station
cats) and other animal friends including other cats from real existing
railways all over the country.
Alan Cliff has considered carefully what else children might want
from a book these days, and has included a personal letter to the
reader at the end of each book to tell them about the railways mentioned
in the story, as well as puzzles and interesting facts about railways.
For a railway-mad or cat-mad family, these stories could spark the
idea behind an entire family holiday, following the trail of the cats
and their station homes.
The books are the right length for a bedtime story, and are the kind
children will be able to enjoy again and again once they can read
independently. The beautiful illustrations give a real sense of the
cats’ identities as well as an idea of how the station might
Another generous feature of the series is that each story donates
half the author royalties to a different children’s charity
including the Children’s Trust, Ty Gobaith Chidren’s Hospice
and Save the Family (a homeless family charity).
I would recommend these books as great stocking fillers, and not just
for the kids!
St Mark’s CE Primary School, Bromley.
in Railnews Book Review of the “Jack the Station Cat”
"This Delightful Series", Railway Modeller, Dec 2009.
" The Books ...are charmingly Illustrated.", Heritage
Railway Magazine, Dec 2009
"The prize-winning English is as impeccable as ever..."
, Llanuwchllyn Express (Journal of the Bala Lake Railway Society),
"Jack the Station Cat and the Snail Trail... a nice slimy title
for the latest in the children's book series Jack the Station Cat.",
Bluebell News (Journal of the Bluebell Railway)".