Carbonel: The King of the Cats

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Nyrb Kids
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5.2 X 7.6 X 0.6 inches | 0.44 pounds

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About the Author

Barbara Sleigh (1906-1982) worked for the BBC Children's Hour and is the author of Carbonel and two sequels: The Kingdom of Carbonel and Carbonel and Calidor.

V. H. Drummond
(1911-2000) was a British author and illustrator whose books included Phewtus the Squirrel and Mrs. Easter's Parasol.


"A truly bewitching story reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland." --New York Journal American

"The Carbonel books are excellent stories, imbued with wonder and practicality in equal measure, dry humor, and a clear-eyed and sometimes sardonic love of cats. They have a healthy interest in food and a ruthless interest in the logical working-out of the implications of magic...These books have moved me to laughter and tears." --Pamela Dean

"Magic and everyday life blend smoothly in this highly enjoyable fantasy, perfect for reading aloud." --Terri Schmitz, The Horn Book

"A delightful fantasy of real literary merit. When Rosemary acquired a black cat and an old broom, she thought she had a pet and a means of earning money for widowed mother. But Carbonel was magic, and at his behest she set out to acquire a witch's hat, pot and spell to disenchant him. How she does this will enthrall children. A must for all libraries." --Library Journal

"A delightfully amusing story." --Parents Magazine