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Varjak Paw

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ISBN13: 9780440420767
ISBN10: 0440420768
Condition: Standard
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Publisher Comments:

'There are Seven Skills in the Way of Jalal,' whispered the Elder Paw. 'We know only three of them. Their names are these. Slow-Time. Moving Circles. Shadow-Walking.'

Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He's never left home, until his grandfather tells him about the Way — a secret martial art for cats.

Now Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs, and strangest of all, the mysterious Vanishings.

Review:

"The author follows mythic archetypes in this densely plotted cat story, illustrated in chilling, sinuous pen-and-ink images by McKean. The exposition is suspenseful and the conclusion taut. As Said evokes the dangerous life of a cat fending for itself, he also weaves in elements of humor and legendary bravery, proving that growth stems from adversity." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A touch of magic realism lends spooky charm to Said's animal fantasy....Said has created an appealing hero in the naïve but determined Varjak..." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"In a story filled with so many holes, only the illustrations offer consistent pleasure." School Library Journal

Review:

"Well-crafted and designed, full of action, danger and humor, this would make a delightful family read aloud." Sharon Salluzzo, Children's Literature

Synopsis:

Varjak Paw has never been Outside before. But the Mesopotamian blue cat is forced out into the city when the sinister Gentleman and his two menacing cats take over his home. With mystical help from his ancestor Jalal, can Varjak save his own family? Illustrations.

Synopsis:

Mesopotamium Blue cat, Varjak Paw, has never been Outside before; he and his family have always lived in the isolated house at the top of the hill. But Varjak is forced out into the city when the sinister Gentleman and his two menacing cats take over his home. With help from his mystical ancestor, Jalal, Varjak manages to overcome challenges such as self-survival and a threat from the gangland cats, and he ultimately discovers the terrifying secrets behind the Vanishings. But can he save his own family from their fate?

With wonderful integrated illustrations from acclaimed comic book artist Dave McKean, this book will appeal to all ages.

Synopsis:

Guided by the spirit of his legendary Mesopotamian ancestor, Jalal, Varjak Paw, a pure-bred cat, leaves his home and pampered existence and sets out to save his family from the evil Gentleman who took their owner, the Contessa, away.

Synopsis:

Mesopotamian Blue cat, Varjak Paw, has never been Outside before; he and his family have always lived in the isolated house at the top of the hill. But Varjak is forced out into the city when the sinister Gentleman and his two menacing cats take over his home. With help from his mystical ancestor, Jalal, Varjak manages to overcome challenges such as self-survival and a threat from the gangland cats, and he ultimately discovers the terrifying secrets behind the Vanishings. But can he save his own family from their fate?

With wonderful integrated illustrations from acclaimed comic book artist Dave McKean, this book will appeal to all ages.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

SF Said is one of Britain's best young writers. Varjak Paw is SF's first novel.

Dave McKean, world-renowned graphic illustrator, illustrated Coraline by Neil Gaiman and is well known to all fans of comics and graphic novels.

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crowyhead, January 6, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is an entertaining novel, beautifully illustrated. It tells the story of one Varjak Paw, a cat from a noble line of Mesapotamian Blues. Varjak is a bit of an outcase in his family, what with his obsession with going Outside and his dislike of simply sitting around looking dignified. When the Countess (the owner of Varjak and his family) dies, a sinister man with two even more sinister black cats comes into the picture. Varjak must escape to the Outside, learn the cat martial arts, and return to save his family. The actual plot is not particularly strong, but it's a nicely creepy story, and the ideas behind it are very original.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780440420767
Illustrator:
McKean, Dave
Publisher:
Yearling Books
Illustrator:
McKean, Dave
Author:
Said, S. F.
Author:
illustrated by Dave McKean
Author:
McKean, Dave
Location:
New York : Dell Publishing Co., Inc., c1
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Cats
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Adventure and adventurers
Subject:
Animals - Cats
Subject:
Halloween
Subject:
Witches
Subject:
Halloween -- Fiction.
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Copyright:
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
May 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from K up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.62x5.18x.60 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
05-12

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Product details 256 pages Yearling Books - English 9780440420767 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The author follows mythic archetypes in this densely plotted cat story, illustrated in chilling, sinuous pen-and-ink images by McKean. The exposition is suspenseful and the conclusion taut. As Said evokes the dangerous life of a cat fending for itself, he also weaves in elements of humor and legendary bravery, proving that growth stems from adversity." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "A touch of magic realism lends spooky charm to Said's animal fantasy....Said has created an appealing hero in the naïve but determined Varjak..."
"Review" by , "In a story filled with so many holes, only the illustrations offer consistent pleasure."
"Review" by , "Well-crafted and designed, full of action, danger and humor, this would make a delightful family read aloud."
"Synopsis" by , Varjak Paw has never been Outside before. But the Mesopotamian blue cat is forced out into the city when the sinister Gentleman and his two menacing cats take over his home. With mystical help from his ancestor Jalal, can Varjak save his own family? Illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , Mesopotamium Blue cat, Varjak Paw, has never been Outside before; he and his family have always lived in the isolated house at the top of the hill. But Varjak is forced out into the city when the sinister Gentleman and his two menacing cats take over his home. With help from his mystical ancestor, Jalal, Varjak manages to overcome challenges such as self-survival and a threat from the gangland cats, and he ultimately discovers the terrifying secrets behind the Vanishings. But can he save his own family from their fate?

With wonderful integrated illustrations from acclaimed comic book artist Dave McKean, this book will appeal to all ages.

"Synopsis" by , Guided by the spirit of his legendary Mesopotamian ancestor, Jalal, Varjak Paw, a pure-bred cat, leaves his home and pampered existence and sets out to save his family from the evil Gentleman who took their owner, the Contessa, away.
"Synopsis" by , Mesopotamian Blue cat, Varjak Paw, has never been Outside before; he and his family have always lived in the isolated house at the top of the hill. But Varjak is forced out into the city when the sinister Gentleman and his two menacing cats take over his home. With help from his mystical ancestor, Jalal, Varjak manages to overcome challenges such as self-survival and a threat from the gangland cats, and he ultimately discovers the terrifying secrets behind the Vanishings. But can he save his own family from their fate?

With wonderful integrated illustrations from acclaimed comic book artist Dave McKean, this book will appeal to all ages.

From the Hardcover edition.

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