Varjak Paw - Varjak Paw (Paperback)
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Varjak Paw - Varjak Paw (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 13/03/2014
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'Stylish, original and inventive, Varjak Paw is a modern children's classic' Jacqueline Wilson


This cat must learn to fight!


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


'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.'

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

With stunning illustrations from acclaimed graphic artist Dave McKean, this much-loved story won the Smarties Prize Gold Award and has become a modern classic.

'A beguiling tale that sticks in the memory. The cat's whiskers' The Sunday Times
'Dazzling' The New York Times
'The cat magic mystique is brilliant' - Richard Adams, author of Watership Down
'A story of finding your true strengths by learning to trust your instincts and think for yourself. Striking, edgy illustrations' Financial Times
'Pacy, invigorating and quietly wise' Time Out
'Imagine The Karate Kid directed by David Lynch' Bookmunch.co.uk


Follow Varjak's further adventures in The Outlaw Varjak Paw.

Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
ISBN: 9780552572293
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 186 x 135 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A beguiling tale that sticks in the memory. The cat's whiskers * The Sunday Times *
Stylish, original and inventive, Varjak Paw is a modern children's classic
Dazzling * The New York Times *
The book is compulsive reading; we are with Varjak every step of his way, willing him to succeed. Independent readers of 9 upwards will treasure it, not least for its illustrations, and some will camp out on the publisher's doorstep for the sequel * Ann Hay, The School Librarian *
The cat magic mystique is brilliant -- Richard Adams * Author of Watership Down *

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“The cat with attitude!”

Varjak is grey cat (Mesopotamian Blue if your're being posh!) who starts this terrific story as a feline nobody but who becomes a big hero by its end. He goes out into the world for the first time and performs... More

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“Gripping children's adventure about friendship and stepping out of your comfort zone”

I read this with my 9-year old and he was absolutely gripped by it. Most nights we didn't want to put the book down. It was scary for him but not too scary. The plot twists and turns without being overly... More

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“Varjak-the cat who makes his own way!”

I have just finished reading Varjak Paw for the 1st time and I am so glad to have discovered it!

The book is wonderfully phrased- my feelings felt as 'instinctive' as the characters because of it. The... More

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