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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 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 ultimately discovers the terrifying secrets 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 edition


10 thoughts on “Varjak Paw

  1. karen karen says:

    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 cats.he 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 brown he gets all the cute s 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 cats.he 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 brown he gets all the cute stuff mckean settles for the slinky, creepy, dangerous cats.fortunately 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 sequel come to my blog


  2. Kagama-the Literaturevixen Kagama-the Literaturevixen says:

    Book no 1 of the 16 cat bookshttp theliteraturevixen.booklikes.cVarjak 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 reason.His 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 adventures Book no 1 of the 16 cat bookshttp theliteraturevixen.booklikes.cVarjak 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 reason.His 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 adventures.One 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 question the weird events,but the others thinks things are just fine as long as the gentleman keeps feeding them.The Elder Paw tells Varjak that he needs to go find something called a dog,because 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 grandfather.In the end Varjak makes it to the city where he makes friends with two cats who teaches him the ways of the city.But even the city has dangers like rival cat gangs and cats mysteriously going missing.And he still needs to find a dog.And then there are the Dreams.This was a great book with actual depth to it and not just a cutesy books about cats.For a middle grade book it actually had some dark themes.Maybe its not as dark as Felidae but it does feature some unsettling things that had you wonder even at the end of the book what was going on The fact you only see the story unfold from a cats viewpoint makes some things unclear and makes the villain the Gentleman seem eventwisted 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 role.He 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 bodies.There were just enough catlike qualities to make them interesting There is a sequel called Varjak the Outlaw wich I plan to read


  3. Ben Trevail Ben Trevail says:

    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.


  4. Althea Ann Althea Ann says:

    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 her This is definitely a kids book not even YA, but for younger children.However it s also an excellent book McKean s illustrations are perfect for the characters and the story.Varjak is a young Mesopotamian Blue cat who s been brought up to think he s something special However, when his owner disappears and a strange and sin 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 her This is definitely a kids book not even YA, but for younger children.However it s also an excellent book McKean s illustrations are perfect for the characters and the story.Varjak is a young Mesopotamian Blue cat who s been brought up 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 questing to save his family from the danger he s sure they re in.It s a sweet story but it s also got some genuinely spooky elements and it s definitely in the realm of the fantastic.Oh yeah, and did I mention how excellent Dave McKean s illustrations are He rocks


  5. John Velo John Velo says:

    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 person Although this isof 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.


  6. A Severs A Severs says:

    Almost a life manual for us all The idea that no one is too special to help others and that comfort zones hold us back seem to have special relevance to the UK s current treatment of refugees.Clever writing and brilliant characters it s easy sometimes to forget it s about cats


  7. Bethany Sawford Bethany Sawford says:

    I originally gave this book 2 stars, I felt it was 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 being unfair 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 w I originally gave this book 2 stars, I felt it was 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 being unfair 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 muchdepth


  8. Sarah Sarah says:

    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 up with two uncanny 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 pr 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 up with two uncanny 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 forNow, 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


  9. Rhian Loxley Rhian Loxley says:

    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 knowledge that a strange man will feed them caviar, as they admire their own handsome pedigree Varjak however is bored, an outcast, unlike 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 words 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 knowledge that a strange man will feed them caviar, as they admire their own handsome pedigree Varjak however is bored, an outcast, unlike 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 words of Elder paw, Varjak learns the way of Jalal an ancient marshall art passed down through his ancestors.I am currently reading this book with my 3c guided reading group A great text for inference and discussion about feelings Varjak is bullied by his siblings and ends up entering in to a dark world of gangs and danger I read this over 2 nights and thoroughly enjoyed it and the story really engaged my group from the very beginning.I am looking forward to reading the next installment, The Outlaw Varjak Paw


  10. Sophie Sophie says:

    Brilliant book Vividly imagined by SF Said with stunning illustrations by Dave McKean This is a must read for MG fans.