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THE PORCELAIN CAT

Hearn, Michael Patrick

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ISBN 10: 0316353302 / ISBN 13: 9780316353304
Published by Little Brown, 1987
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Second ed. Near fine/Near fine condition. Inscribed by the illustrators on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 032734

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Title: THE PORCELAIN CAT

Publisher: Little Brown

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Leo and Diane Dillon

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Illustrator(s)

Edition: 2nd Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Synopsis:

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.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 1-3 ``You scratch my back. . .'' is the way the world, and this tale, works: an old formula but a reliable one, in an enchanted, elegant new guise. In this version the magician gets his basilisk blood when the witch gets her shellfish from the undine, who gets her mushrooms from the centaur, when the magician's apprentice climbs a tree to get him some ripe fruit (this is the weakest link). The point that ``a bargain is a bargain'' is clearly but amusingly made, and the conclusion is a clever surprise (somewhat muted by a puzzling final image). The Dillons create a magical nightworld for the tale, all attenuated art nouveau curves; flat planes of muted color; and stylized, elongated forms. Strange moon-faces haunt the starry sky, and cats hide behind trees and float in cloud-shapes above. (Don't miss the Escher-like endpapers.) This first Hearn-Dillon collaboration is a ``smashing'' success; a book to read, and to pore over. Patricia Dooley, formerly at Drexel University, Phila.
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