Varjak Paw

Varjak Paw

Summary

'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.

Reviews

  • A beguiling tale that sticks in the memory. The cat's whiskers
    The Sunday Times

About the authors

SF Said

SF Said's first book, Varjak Paw, won the Nestlé Smarties Prize for Children's Literature. The sequel,The Outlaw Varjak Paw, won the BBC Blue Peter Book Of The Year. Phoenix is his third book. He has written widely about literature, films and the arts for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph; and works regularly with CLPE, promoting reading and literacy in schools.
For more information on SF and his books, please visit www.sfsaid.com
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Dave McKean (Illustrator)

Dave McKean has illustrated and designed many ground-breaking books and graphic novels including Varjak Paw (SF Said), The Magic of Reality (Richard Dawkins), The Savage (David Almond) and The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman). He wrote and illustrated Pictures That Tick and the multi-award winning Cages. He has created hundreds of CD and comic covers and directed five short and three feature films.
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