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Simon's Cat trims the tree

December 13, 2010 |  8:19 am

British animator-director Simon Tofield is celebrating the holidays with a new Simon's Cat film, "Santa Claws." In the United States, the book "Simon's Cat" came out last year. "His understanding of feline psychology enables Tofield to make Simon's Cat the kitty everyone likes to think he has, just as Snoopy was the dog people imagined they owned before he too became too human," Charles Solomon wrote in our pages.

In Britain, a second book was published in October; "Simon's Cat: Beyond the Fence," will hit U.S. bookstores in spring 2011.

-- Carolyn Kellogg