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The Books

I only know of eight Bagpuss books that were ever released.  Here is some information on all of them!.

Mr Rumbletum's gumboot - The song of the Pongo - Silly old Uncle Feedle - Bagpuss in the sun - Bagpuss on a rainy day - The Bagpuss Annual - The Second Bagpuss Annual - Bagpuss Annual 2001

1. Mr Rumbletum's gumboot London Pelham 1975 - Series: Bagpuss beginners - 1
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Professor Yaffle the wooden bird woke up and he hopped down to see what thing Emily had left them to see.

Yaffle looked at the thing from this side. Yaffle looked at it from that side. Yaffle looked at it very carefully. Then he said: "That is one boot. That is one very old gumboot."

The mice said it was a useful gumboot. "What use is it?" asked Yaffle. "It is a jug!" shouted Charlie Mouse. The mice tried to fill the boot with water, but the water ran out of a hole in the boot.

"Stop!" shouted Madeline, "You must think of a dry use for that boot or we will all be washed away!"

 Milly Mouse said: "It is a house. I will live in it." "That is a silly house," said Charlie Mouse. "The boot is the boot of a giant. He might come and put his foot into it!" Milly Mouse did not mind. She took a bunch of hay and her pillow and climbed up Bagpuss to the top of his head.

Then she jumped down into the boot. In the boot she made a neat nest. She curled up in her nest. "This is where I shall live," she said.

Charlie Mouse shouted down into the boot: "I am Mr Rumbletum the Giant! I have come to fetch my boot!"

Milly Mouse said: "Go Away! I am asleep."

"I will sing a lullaby for Milly Mouse," said Madeline 

"Oh Milly was a mouse, A pretty little mouse, But she made a nest in the toe of a gumboot.

What a silly house, And what a silly mouse, And what a silly Milly in a Rumbletum gumboot."

Milly mouse said: "I can’t hear you. I am asleep."

"She is not really asleep," said Willie Mouse to Bagpuss. "If she was asleep she would snore, not talk."

"That is true," said Bagpuss. "Tell me, who is Mr Rumbletum?"

 "Mr Rumbletum is huge!" said Willie Mouse. "He is greedy and he grumbles!" said Jenny.

"He is greedy and he grumbles, and his rumbletummy rumbles!"

sang Charlie Mouse

"Think for us Bagpuss!"

So Bagpuss thought about Mr Rumbletum and as he was a magic cat everyone saw what he was thinking about.

"That is Mr Rumbletum!" shouted Gabriel the Toad. He picked up his banjo and played them a jig. 

"Oh there once was a giant and his name was Mr Rumbletum

He was as tall as the tallest of trees.

He trampled in the snowin the mountains of the kingdom.

And all that you could hear was the knocking of his knees."

"Why were his knees knocking?" asked Bagpuss

Gabriel said: "His knees were knocking because his feet were cold. He had no shoes or gumboots because his feet were size thirty-three. So he had bare feet in the snow!"

"Ooh how cold!" cried Madeline.

 Gabriel sung:

"Now poor Mr Rumbletum, chilly Mr Rumbletum, Had a pair of feet and they were cold as cold can be.

He went to all the shops just to buy a pair of Wellington’s, But none of them had any quite as large as thirty-three!"

"Poor Mr Rumbletum," said Bagpuss. "How did he keep warm?"

Gabriel said: "His feet were always cold, but he kept the rest of him warm by eating lots and lots of food."

"Tell us! Tell us!" shouted the mice. "Tell us what Mr Rumbletum ate for tea."

 Gabriel sang:

" So cold Mr Rumbletum, hungry Mr Rumbletum. Said to Mrs Rumbletum:

‘It is time I had my tea. Bring me in a loaf or two, A ladle and a pail of stew, A hundred lumpy dumplings and a bucket full of tea.’"

"Ooh how greedy!" shouted the mice.

"That was just the first course," said Gabriel."Listen to the rest of his tea.

"…Then Mr Rumbletum, greedy Mr Rumbletum, Gobbled up the dumplings and the bread and all the stew.

Then for his pudding ateforty bars of chocolate, A yard of roly-poly and a bottle full of glue."

"A bottle full of glue!" shouted Bagpuss. "What a nasty thing to drink!"

Gabriel said: "I know, but I had to think of a word to rhyme with stew.Also the glue stuck his toes together so the snow did not go between them."

 "That is a very silly song," said Yaffle.

"It is a sad song," said Bagpuss.

Milly Mouse said nothing. She was in her nest in the boot.

Gabriel said: "The song has a happy ending, because one day Mr Rumbletum saw a huge boot in Emily’s shop.

He took it home and showed it to his wife. ‘Now at least one of my feet will be warm!’ he said happily.

Of course, if he had looked inside the boot, he would have seen something else in it. Wouldn’t he Milly Mouse?

Milly Mouse did not answer so Gabriel went on with his song:

"Then Mr Rumbletum, heavy Mr Rumbletum, Said to Mrs Rumbletum: ‘It’s time for me to go,’

So he picked up the one boot the left foot gumboot.  And put in… very carefully…his frozen left… big… toe!"

"Eeeeek!" shouted Milly Mouse. "Stop! Stop!" shouted Milly Mouse. "Don’t let him,! Don’t let Mr Rumbletum put his cold toes in my boot!"

Milly Mouse slid out of the hole in the toe of the boot. "Is it true?" she asked.

"Not a word of it!" laughed Madeline "It was just a joke. You can go back into your boot nest."

Milly Mouse looked at the boot. She said: "I don’t think I want to live in a boot after all. I would rather live here with you." And she snuggled down on Madelines’s lap.

2. The song of the Pongo London Pelham 1975 - Series: Bagpuss beginners - 2
bagbook4.jpg (23241 bytes) Emily has found a box.  A box with cards in, and the cards all have a letter on them.  The mice take it upon themselves to make words with the prettiest letters and come up with the word "Pongo".  Yaffle doesn't think this is a real word, but Bagpuss corrects him and tells them that it is a rare ape that lives in Africa.

Gabriel sings a sad song about the Pongo, and the mice want to help him.   So they make up more words, "Firkin" and "Sloop", until they get a happy ending.

After the stories are told, and the songs are sung, Bagpuss yawns, and everyone goes back to sleep until Emily brings them another thing.

3. Silly old Uncle Feedle London Pelham 1975 - Series: Bagpuss beginners - 3
bagbook1.jpg (19697 bytes) This is essentially the same as the TV episode.  Uncle Feedle is a rag doll who is unsatisfied by his life in an idyllic rag world.  He wants to live in a rag house, so he makes one, only to find that it doesn't stand up.  He then realises that it needs to be stuffed with cotton wool to stand up, but then he can't get in.

Finally, the house is turned inside out, so that the outside is on the inside, and the inside on the outside.  Uncle Feedle is happy at last.

4. Bagpuss in the sun Glasgow Collins 1975
bagbook3.jpg (24596 bytes) It's a lovely day and the mice don't want to waste it in the shop..."Today is the best day! Today is the only day! Today is the day the mice all say...PICNIC BY THE RIVER"...Professor Yaffle points out that there is no river near by so they agree to have one in the garden.

The mice pack far more things than they will ever need and are told to leave the Tea-pots and Shoepolish and String and Saucers and Brown paper behind which they reluctantly agree to do.

After unloading everything from their trolley there is plenty of space for Bagpuss to climb on and ride it to the garden..."I'm not a great cat for walking."...and the mice pull him along singing a pulling song..."We will trundle it, We will bundle it, Roll it longways along the hall. We will castor it, If we can master it, Speed it down to the garden wall."...Of course the mice soon start to be silly and instead of pulling it jump on and ride..."We will jump it, We will thump it, We will bump it up mightier yet, Watch it swooping, gliding, looping, Taking off like a jumbo jet!"...After narrowly avoiding an accident Bagpuss decides to walk..."I'm not a great cat for flying."...and everyone settles down for the Picnic.

As the sun shines down warmly Bagpuss starts to feel sleepy! And if Bagpuss goes to sleep they will never get home again so the mice entertain Bagpuss who starts to think of a poem about that brave Knight of days of old Sir Charliemouse the Cautious. The poem , which features poorly Dragons, self liberated Damsels who want to go to College and the only medieval supermarket, and thinking about it makes Bagpuss so tired that he almost falls asleep. The friends rush him inside singing..."a vulgar keep-awake song which is just the opposite of a lullaby"... and just about get hime home in time.

"And, as always, the magic faded away and they were all just toys again."

5. Bagpuss on a rainy day Glasgow Collins 1975
bagbook2.jpg (17107 bytes) This book starts off with the mice of the mouse organ being really bored, because its raining and there's nothing to do so Bagpuss tells them a story about a fieldmouse and his family. The field mouse is worried because it is raining and the beautiful nest that houses the field mouse and his family lets the rain in so the field mouse goes off in search of someone to turn off the rain.

First he comes to a rabbit and the rabbit tells the field mouse he is not important enough to turn off the rain and he suggests the swan. When he gets to the swan he tells the field mouse the same thing and says he should go too the horse. The horse repeats the message and tells him to go to the King. The King laughs when he hears the mouse's requestand tells him  he is not inportant enough either, and when he sees the mouse's dissappointment he gives him some toast from his breakfast.

The mouse goes into the garden and finds a gnome under a toadstool.  The gnome asks for the mouse's toast, so the mouse gives it to him.  Then the gnome asks what's wrong and the mouse tells him about how he wants the rain to stop and how he had asked EVERYBODY. The gnome then says that the mouse has asked ALMOST everybody and so the mouse asks the gnome to turn off the rain and the gnome goes over to the toadstool and turns it-just like a tap.

And all of a sudden the sun came out and the rain stopped. The mouse left and went home to his family. The rain had also stopped for Bagpuss and the mice and they went outside and played hopscotch.

6. The Bagpuss Annual BBC 1974 - ISBN 0563 12651 5
annual.jpg (17107 bytes) The annual follows the story of the ship in a bottle, and also includes instructions for making:

(1) Madeleine's Sugar Mice

(2) Madeleine's Finger puppet mice

(3) A Bagpuss Pyjama Case

And also a number of games - Notably the great cheese race.

6. The Second Bagpuss Annual BBC 1975 - ISBN 0563 12840 2
annual2.jpg (17107 bytes) The second annual follows the story of the Owls of Athens, and also includes instructions for making:

(1) Chocolate Obols

(2) A Lavender Madeleine

And also a number of games - Notably Toad's Treasure Hunt

7. The New Bagpuss Annual 2001 Egmont World 2000 - ISBN 0 7498 4873 1
newannual.jpg (24717 bytes) The new annual has the stories "Ship in a bottle", "The Mouse Mill" and "The Owls of Athens", and also a new story, "The Mermaid".

There are also some games, and information on all the characters.

(1) Chocolate Obols

(2) A Lavender Madeleine

And also a number of games - Notably Toad's Treasure Hunt