The Porcelain Cat

The Porcelain Cat

by Michael Patrick Hearn, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon
     
 

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Rats are gnawing at the sorcerer's books. What to do? Get a cat-but not just any cat. The sorcerer sends his apprentice nickon to fetch a missing ingredient for a spell that will bring his porcelain cat to life. Nickon ventures out on his mission and learns you can't get something for nothing. Beautifully printed in a new 10 x 10 format and in five colors.  See more details below

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Rats are gnawing at the sorcerer's books. What to do? Get a cat-but not just any cat. The sorcerer sends his apprentice nickon to fetch a missing ingredient for a spell that will bring his porcelain cat to life. Nickon ventures out on his mission and learns you can't get something for nothing. Beautifully printed in a new 10 x 10 format and in five colors.

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Publishers Weekly
On a quest from his master to retrieve a vial of basilisk blood, Nickon ends up running errands for a host of magical entities in a reissue of The Porcelain Cat (1987) by Michael Patrick Hearn. In new artwork, Leo and Diane Dillon create an eerie landscape of ethereal trees, hidden cats and faces in the moon-all trimmed in Art Nouveau-ispired gold borders. Unfortunately, at times a fuzziness overtakes the quality of the reproduction of the paintings, but overall, the Dillons' artwork is as haunting as ever. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Vermin have gnawed on the old sorcerer's book pages. What can he do? Why not cast a magic spell on the gift porcelain cat that he never liked and create a real mouser to rid his house of the pests. But one ingredient in the magic potion is missing—basilisk blood. He summons his apprentice, Nickon, to fetch a vial in order to perform the deed. There are hitches and the lad is forced to bargain with three supernatural creatures—Witch Beneath the Hill who needs shellfish salve to heal her burns, Undine of the Brook who in turn desires a basket-full of red spotted mushrooms, and Centaur of the Wood who cannot climb trees and pleads for ripe fruit. By dawn, Nickon is able to produce the vital element. He watches as the sorcerer blends the concoction, pours it over the stiff cat, and chants a few strange words. Instantly alive, the cat leaps into the air after the rat, then falls to the floor and shatters into a thousand pieces. So much for magicians and their spells! Ironically, a variety of cats lurk in unexpected places throughout the pages—along with eerie moon faces. The book design sets the tone with artwork filling much of the page and text set gracefully to the side on a pure white background. Elegant gold frames surround the enchanting paintings printed in 5 color blends. Previously published in 1987, this German fairytale reissue reminds young readers that nothing comes without a price. 2004 (orig. 1987), Milk & Cookies Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Barbara Troisi

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ISBN-13:
9781596871755
Publisher:
J. Boylston & Company
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.42(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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