Lovely Children's Fantasy story with many color illustrations by Vess. SIGNED by Charles de Lint on the dedication page and Charles Vess on the front endpaper. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Lillian is an orphan who lives with her aunt on a homestead miles from anyone, surrounded by uncharted forest. She wanders the woods, chasing squirrels and rabbits and climbing trees. Free-spirited and independent Lillian is a kindred spirit to the many wild cats who gather around the ancient beech tree. One day, while she is under the beech, Lillian is bitten by a poisonous snake. The cats refuse to let her die, and use their magic to turn her into one of their own. How she becomes a girl again is a lyrical, original folktale.
Set in the countryside north of de Lint's fictional Newford, with some of the same characters as the duo's recent, acclaimed Seven Wild Sisters, A Circle of Cats is the long-awaited first picture book by long-time friends Charles de Lint and Charles Vess, whose masterful art is as magical as the story.
Illustrations by Charles Vess.
From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-5-In this picture-book fantasy, a skinny, red-haired girl is lured into a forest inhabited by tree spirits, fairies, and magical cats. When Lillian falls asleep under an ancient beech tree, she accidentally disturbs a snake whose bite quickly draws her toward death, until the cats gather around her in a magic circle. However, to save her, they must change her into something that isn't dying, and thus she awakens transformed into a kitten. Her quest to return to her true self brings her into contact with many creatures, but it is the gnarled Apple Tree Man who finally leads her to her heart's desire. De Lint uses simple yet evocative language to describe Lillian's journey into this mysterious place filled with dark hollows and dense woods, where felines work their enchantment with voices that sound like "a kitchen full of fiddles not quite in tune with each other." Although the plot seems too neatly resolved, young readers are certain to enjoy the mood that has been created. The artwork is also appealing, with illustrations reminiscent of an animated film. Backgrounds are soft and misty and foregrounds set the scene, but the effect is sometimes too Disneyesque. Still, the book is worth consideration, particularly as a short read-aloud or for middle graders seeking a quick read.
Teri Markson, Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, Los Angeles
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Title: A Circle of Cats SIGNED First Edition
Publication Date: 2003
Book Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description Viking Books for Young Readers, 2003. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition, First Printing. This is a new hardcover first edition copy in a new mylar protected DJ, blue spine. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 079784
Book Description Viking Books for Young Readers, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. Ex-library book with usual stamps and labels, otherwise like new condition. Bookseller Inventory # dna5670
Book Description Viking Childrens Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2003. Boards. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Vess, Charles (illustrator). Second Printing. Clean, tight, square and bright second printing bound in dark green boards with metallic blue title on spine, and embossed cat on front cover. Illustrated endpapers. discreet gift inscription on ffep, else fine. Dust jacket is unclipped, protected in removable mylar, and pristine. A true De LInt story, lending elements of Celtic, Native American, and other mythologies into a fable about a young girl who is saved from death by animals that she has befriended. Prequel to "Seven Wild Sisters." Detailed color paintings capture the beauty of both nature and Faerie. 44 pages, full-color illustrations throughout. Click on BOOKSTORES to view our selection of used, new, and some remainder-marked children's and young adult titles. Bookseller Inventory # 0670036471
Book Description Viking, 2003. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Charles Vess (illustrator). First Edition. FIRST PRINTING of the FIRST EDITION with FULL NUMBER LINE! NOT ex-library! Hardback book with DUST JACKET is sturdy, crisp & clean. The NEAR FINE dust jacket is NOT price-clipped and has light shelfwear. I've added a NEW MYLAR COVER and it looks SUPER! The NEAR FINE book has NO WRITING! Corners/spine lightly bumped. Bookseller Inventory # 20529-x-C70
Book Description Viking Press Inc, U.S.A., 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Light edge rubbing, small crease in jacket at top of spine Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 046397
Book Description Viking, U. S. A., 2003. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine in Brodart. Vess, Charles (illustrator). First Edition. The dust jacket is in a clear, protective, Brodart cover. A first edition with the copyright page listing the full number sequence of 1-10 present. Pages are clean, tight and bright. The dust jacket's original price is still intact. Bookseller Inventory # 6019708
Book Description Viking Juvenile 2003-06, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: good. First Edition. 0670036471. Bookseller Inventory # 703900
Book Description U.S.A.: Viking Juvenile, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Light wear to covers. Clean copy - no school or library markings. DJ has light wear except for a tiny, tiny edge tear on the top corner front panel. DJ is not price clipped. 45 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 384210
Book Description Viking Books for Young Readers, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Like New. Almost new condition. Bookseller Inventory # P010670036471
Book Description Viking Books for Young Readers, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020670036471