Carbonel (A Puffin Book)

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Carbonel (A Puffin Book)

Carbonel (A Puffin Book)

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The children learn that he has become the familiar of Miss Dibdin, who is experimenting with magic once again. Another impetus to help Carbonel win his freedom is that the Kingdom of the Cats is falling into chaos through misrule by the Alley Cats without the rightful heir to take command. Written in 1955 and part of a series of books that would span over 13 years of Sleigh's writing career, Carbonel is a magical-realism, rags-to-riches story (although the 'riches' part is not overdone at all) of a young girl and her mother who, with very little money, look to cover the costs of living over the summer. It has three novels, first Carbonel: the King of the Cats and two sequels, The Kingdom of Carbonel (Puffin, 1961) and Carbonel and Calidor: Being the Further Adventures of a Royal Cat (Kestrel Books, 1978), and was based on the old British folk tale " The King of the Cats".

As it is though, it remains a four star read for me, and the trilogy has remained a firm favourite with younger readers. There is some magic (not too much) while the cat and his human friends (two ten-years children) try to undo the spell of the witch against her cat.In this story, we become aware that three old copper coins are significant, in fulfilling an ancient prophecy, to do with the old woman’s cat. Her first children's book, Carbonel, which was to become the first of a trilogy, was published in 1955 and has remained a firm favourite with younger readers. When witches are about, dark magic is sure to follow, especially when the evil cat-queen Grisania from a nearby town plots Carbonel's demise. Publication dates are subject to change (although this is an extremely uncommon occurrence overall).

The Los Angeles Public Library still has the first 1955 American edition of “Carbonel, the King of the Cats”, so I have not seen the new 2004 NYRCC edition. This garment is made of recycled polyester, which allows to reduce its environmental impact and take part in a broader approach to resource conservation. Susan Ang, "'Carbonel' Series", The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English (Cambridge: CUP, 2001).Between the cat and the broomstick, Rosemary picked up some useful spells and magic, and the adventures they brought about turned a dull-looking holiday into one long to be remembered for its unexpected excitements and rewards. Carbonel and Calidor; Being the Further Adventures of a Royal Cat, was not published until eighteen years later in England, and there was not an American edition as there had been of the first two novels.

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