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Varjak Paw Turtleback – May 10 2005


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  • Turtleback
  • Publisher: Demco Media (May 10 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606337210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606337212
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 236 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)


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By apronstring on Aug. 28 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book for my son. He was looking for it for about a year and we finally found it. He was thrilled and when it arrived he read it in just over two days! So I think that says it all, when an 11 year old by gets a book he can't put down in the middle of the summer it must be a great read!
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By cloudylion on May 10 2004
Format: Library Binding
Enticed by the wonderful Dave McKean illustrations, I bought this even though it's a children's book. I love it! "Varjak Paw" is one of those crossover works which is sure to be a hit with young and old. I sense a cult classic in-the-making here. My only criticism is, I felt the ending was ever so slightly anti-climactic. Nevertheless, it's thought-provoking and highly imaginative, boasting a rich array of characters; some endearing, some scary - all memorable. It's also original, even if the 'hero having to learn and grow to find himself' theme is not. This book will stand up to repeat readings, which is important for young readers. You don't have to like cats to enjoy it, though you may look at them in a different way after reading "Varjak Paw".
What I would love now? For Pixar Productions, the makers of 'Finding Nemo', to make "Varjak" into a fabulous film.
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By A Customer on Jan. 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
You don't have to love cats to love this book. Having read hundreds of books over the course of the year, my sons (7 and 8 1/2 years old) and I give Varjak Paw our "Book of the Year" award. We love it! It's supenseful. It's passionate. It has a fundamental message that everyone needs to hear: It's not your "pedigree" but rather your conduct that makes you valuable.
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Format: Hardcover
Varjak Paw is the youngest cat in a cat family who want to sit and do nothing - they lack curiosity. His grandfather begins to tell him about the Way of Jalal, the cat martial art his ancestor invented, but Varjak is forced into the streets by strange intruders. He must make his way back to his family to defend both them and the other cats of the city using the Way of Jalal, which is taught to him by a cat master in his dreams.
This is a wonderful book, enhanced by vivid, stylised illustrations by Dave McKean, known for working with Neil Gaiman. There isn't any excessive cuteness, and the Horrible Fate menacing the cats is chilling. The illustrations in the middle of the pigeons in Trafalgar Square have real google-eyed pigeon personality. The writing is simple, not kids-book dumbed-down, and on the few occasions it doesn't meet its usual quality the illustrations carry it. Whether you're looking for a good young adult book, a good story, a 1st-class, non-sentimental cat book, or a tribute to kung fu flicks, this is an answer. Buy it, Little Grasshopper.
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By A Customer on Oct. 25 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books ever! It is just as good as Harry Potter! If you like this book then you should buy Warriors by Erin Hunter. I give this a two thubs up!
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