S.F. Said: Varjak Paw

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Ments and it s definitely in the realm of the fantasticOh yeah and did I mention how excellent Dave McKean s illustrations are He rocks Book no 1 of the 16 cat bookshttptheliteraturevixenbooklikescVarjak Paw is the only one in his family of noble Mesopotamian Blue cats whose eyes arent green and he is constantly teased and ridiculed for this reasonHis older brother even claims this is the reason their owner the Contessa has stoppedvisiting them and only stays in her room One who doesnt make fun of him is his grandfather the Elder Paw and Varjak loves to listen to him tell stories about their ancestor Jalals adventuresOne day a strange Gentleman arrives with two ominiously black cats and takes the contessa away Varjak and his grandfather are the only ones who thinks to estion the weird eventsbut the others thinks things are just fine as long as the gentleman keeps feeding themThe Elder Paw tells Varjak that he needs to go find something called a dogbecause its the only thing that can scare the Gentleman away so while the Elder Paw distracts the black cats Varjak sneaks over the wall but he knows they killed his grandfatherIn the end Varjak makes it to the city where he makes friends with two cats who teaches him the ways of the cityBut even the city has dangers like rival cat gangs and cats mysteriously going missingAnd he still needs to find a dogAnd then there are the DreamsThis was a great book with actual depth to it and not just a cutesy books about catsFor a middle grade book it actually had some dark themesMaybe its not as dark as Felidae but it does feature some The Year of Living Biblically unsettling things that had you wonder even at the end of the book what was going on The fact you only see the storynfold from a cats viewpoint makes some things nclear and makes the villain the Gentleman seem even twisted than if we had viewed it from a human characters viewpoint Varjak was a symphatetic character even if he was far from forceful in his actions and when he finally through his experiences in the city takes charge of things he does suffer a lapse towards the end of the book and falls back into his old roleHe gets better though So its a coming of age story too The others characters are cats with some human traits but I never felt they were humans in cats bodiesThere were just enough catlike alities to make them interesting There is a seuel called Varjak the Outlaw wich I plan to read Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamium Blue kitten living in a house on top of a hill he has never left the high walls that surround the Contessa s garden His family are happy to recline in the know. 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 ltimately discovers the terrifying

Brilliant book Vividly imagined by SF Said with stunning illustrations by Dave McKean This is a must read for MG fans This kept me on the edge of my seat throughout Varjak Paw belongs to a family of Mesopotamian Blue pedigree cats who are owned by the Contessa However she has rarely been seen recently and when a mysterious gentleman turns p with two ncanny black cats of his own the Contessa disappears Being only concerned with comfort safety and good food Varjak s family are blissfully ignorant of the dangers Varjak can sense Plus Varjak with his yellow eyes something no true blue would ever be proud of has never really fitted in Only Elder Paw trusts and believes Varjak Elder s tales of their ancestor Jalal have always inspired Varjak and filled him with a longing for Now with his family in danger Varjak must be inspired once this time into action and to venturing into the Outside Varjak must face many dangers cat gangs cars dogs and the strange Vanishings before he can fulfil his potential and save his friends and family Will Varjak ever belong Follow him as he learns important lessons not least how to believe in yourself and to recognise true friendship There is adventure and mystery in this novel along with a smattering of martial arts and a touch of 101 Dalmatians The effect of the language is wonderful and is accompanied by subtle yet effective images It was one that I instantly wanted to read aloud so dramatic is the action A wonderful read especially for a confirmed cat person Almost a life manual for s all The idea that no one is too special to help others and that comfort zones hold Scary Stories 3 us back seem to have special relevance to the UK s current treatment of refugeesClever writing and brilliant characters it s easy sometimes to forget it s about cats I saw this book in the store and the cat on the front cover was so adorable that I had to buy it for my sister Of course then I had to read it before giving it to herThis is definitely a kids book not even YA but for younger childrenHowever it s also an excellent book McKean s illustrations are perfect for the characters and the storyVarjak is a young Mesopotamian Blue cat who s been broughtp to think he s something special However when his owner disappears and a strange and sinister man appears in his family s house a dream connection with his legendary ancestor leads him to venture into the dangerous outside world where he learns to reevaluate his priorities as well as esting to save his family from the danger he s sure they re inIt s a sweet story but it s also got some genuinely spooky ele. 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.

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Ledge that a strange man will feed them caviar as they admire their own handsome pedigree Varjak however is bored an outcast nlike his siblings his name doesn t begin with J and he has eyes the colour of danger he is desperate to see the world outside of the contessa s house Armed with the wise I originally gave this book 2 stars I felt it was The Bartender unrealistic and dull no doubt because the whole idea of a kung fu cat turned me off before I had even started reading so I didn t give it a chance Upon discussion I realised I was beingnfair and was persuaded to re read it The second time I found myself liking the characters even though I knew the ending I still worried when they were in danger and felt their true friendships on the cold hard streets of the city I willed them on their way I realised how brave Varjak was how fiercely loyal Holly was and how gentle and sweet Tam was and enjoyed the characters and the story with much depth I bought this at a book sale one day and I only bought it because it had a cat on its coverand I am not disappointed What can I say I m a cat personAlthough this is of a children s book and I could totally predict what could happen I still found myself enjoying it Teaches some lessons and the artwork is pretty neat Can t believe this brilliant book has escaped me for so long Beautifully written and illustrated Possibly too challenging for my Y3 class but keen to share widely with all children across KS2 first let s focus on the artwork because i saw this cover somewhere and i knew that i needed to read this book no matter what its contents i really do love dave mckean he has been responsible for some of my favorite jonathan carroll covers and the man just really knows how to draw catshe manages to get cat mannerisms down perfectly with such an economy of line i love it the only person whose cats even come close and with a totally different tone is jeffrey brownhe gets all the cute stuff mckean settles for the slinky creepy dangerous catsfortunately for me the book is also very good it is the story of a purebred housecat who goes on a mission to find a dog in order to rescue his family from a bad man with two seriously bad cats who have taken over the house along the way he learns some ancient secret cat fighting tricks in order to survive on the streets and meets some cat gangs and learns about the ways a cat can just go missing on the streetssaid does a good job of juxtaposing the pet cats with the feral ones the stakes of each and their own particular values and mythologies and now i am off to read the seuelcome to my blog. Ecrets 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 editio.

Said grew up in the Irai diasporic community in London moving there with his mother at the age of two After graduating from the University of Cambridge he worked as a press attaché and speech writer for the Crown Prince of Jordan’s office in London He began a PhD in 1997 looking at the lives of young Muslims in Britain but left academia to focus on film journalism for the Daily Telegraph –