'Stylish, original and inventive, Varjak Paw is a modern children's classic' Jacqueline Wilson
This cat must learn to fight!
Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He's never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about the Way - a secret martial art for cats.
'There are Seven Skills in the way of Jalal,' whispered the Elder Paw. 'We know only three of them. Their names are these. Slow-Time. Moving Circles. Shadow-walking.'
Now Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and, strangest of all, the mysterious Vanishings.
With stunning illustrations from acclaimed graphic artist Dave McKean, this much-loved story won the Smarties Prize Gold Award and has become a modern classic.
'A beguiling tale that sticks in the memory. The cat's whiskers' The Sunday Times
'Dazzling' The New York Times
'The cat magic mystique is brilliant' - Richard Adams, author of Watership Down
'A story of finding your true strengths by learning to trust your instincts and think for yourself. Striking, edgy illustrations' Financial Times
'Pacy, invigorating and quietly wise' Time Out
'Imagine The Karate Kid directed by David Lynch' Bookmunch.co.uk
Follow Varjak's further adventures in The Outlaw Varjak Paw.
A beguiling tale that sticks in the memory. The cat's whiskers
The book is compulsive reading; we are with Varjak every step of his way, willing him to succeed. Independent readers of 9 upwards will treasure it, not least for its illustrations, and some will camp out on the publisher's doorstep for the sequel
The cat magic mystique is brilliant