Carbonel: The King of Cats (New York Review Children's Collection Series)

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Back in print in the U.S. for the first time in over 30 years.

Rosemary's plan to clean houses during her summer break and surprise her mother with the money hits a snag when an old lady at the market talks her into buying a second-rate broom and a cat she can't even afford to keep. But appearances can be deceiving. Some old ladies are witches, some brooms can fly, and some ordinary-looking cats are Princes of the Royal Blood. Rosemary's cat ("You may call me Carbonel. That is ...

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Overview

Back in print in the U.S. for the first time in over 30 years.

Rosemary's plan to clean houses during her summer break and surprise her mother with the money hits a snag when an old lady at the market talks her into buying a second-rate broom and a cat she can't even afford to keep. But appearances can be deceiving. Some old ladies are witches, some brooms can fly, and some ordinary-looking cats are Princes of the Royal Blood. Rosemary's cat ("You may call me Carbonel. That is my name.") soon enlists her help in an adventure to free him from a hideous spell and return him to his rightful throne. But along the way Rosemary and her friend John must do some clever sleuthing, work a little magic of their own, and—not least— put up with the demands of a very haughty cat.

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Editorial Reviews

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“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

“The children are lively, the grown-ups (including the witch) colorful and the mingling of magic and reality is most effective. –New York Times

“A delightfully amusing story.” –Parents Magazine

“It’s a highly diverting fantasy, told exactly as though it all could happen.” –Chicago Tribune

“We do like good fantasy, and it is hard to find. Here is some magic sturdily rooted in everyday happenings with both the real children and their enchanted acquaintances well characterized and sharing in some very convincing experiences.” –New York Herald Tribune

“A truly bewitching story reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland.” –New York Journal American

“A highly entertaining fantasy.” –San Francisco Chronicle

“Magic and everyday life blend smoothly in this highly enjoyable fantasy, perfect for reading aloud.” –Terri Schmitz, Horn Book

Children's Literature - Cheryl Williams Chang
This timeless fantasy set in the 1950's has been re-released in 2011 as part of the New York Review Children's Collection. Rosemary, a young, independent girl, has decided to earn additional funds over the summer by cleaning people's houses in order to help her mom with the home finances. However, when she goes to the market in search of cleaning products, she ends up purchasing a pitiful broom that comes with a cat. Initially disappointed with her finds, she realizes that the broom can fly, and the cat, named Carbonel, can talk. It is discovered that Carbonel is of royal blood and is being held captive under a spell that needs to be resolved. To quell the spell, a cauldron and a witch's hat must be found. Solving a mystery of such grand proportions is hard to do alone. Fortunately Rosemary befriends John. With the help of Carbonel, Rosemary and John embark upon an exciting adventure. This hard-back book is a delightful read and will definitely intrigue avid female readers. The dialogue is a bit complex as well as the story content making this story appropriate for early middle school students. The perfect place for this book is in a middle school library. Reviewer: Cheryl Williams Chang
Publishers Weekly
Carbonel: The King of the Cats by Barbara Sleigh, illus. by V.H. Drummond, first published in 1955, stars young Rosemary, whose plan to buy a broom to clean houses over the summer takes an unexpected turn. The woman who sells her the broom also throws a cat into the bargain (for a few farthings extra), and the feline turns out to be enchanted. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590171264
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 10/10/2004
  • Series: New York Review Children's Collection Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 332,124
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet 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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2006

    still great after all these years

    I dont know if I can say how good this book really is-the imagination it helped to develop in me as a child was wonderful.I have the entire series now and love them just as much as I did then-hopefully they will re-print them all so people can afford to buy this set for their children-you wont regret it!

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  • Posted February 14, 2014

    This book is pure magic. I first read it as a child in the 1970

    This book is pure magic. I first read it as a child in the 1970's. The librarian asked me what I liked to read about so I said "Cats and witches" and this is the book she shared with me. In the book a girl wants to help her widowed mother by cleaning houses, but she needs a broom. On a trip to the market, she buys a broom and gets a black cat as well. She discovers the cat is royal but under a spell, so the girl embarks on the quest to undo the spell and free the cat to resume his rightful place as king. This book doesn't have any sinister undertones that are often found in today's books, instead is pure fantasy and magic and fun to read. The characters are interesting and memorable. I say Thank You to the New York Review of Books in bring this book back to print!

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