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Carbonel [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Sleigh , V.H. Drummond
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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"A delightful fantasy of real literary merit. When Rosemary acquired a black cat and an old broom, she thought she had a pet and a means of earning money for widowed mother. But Carbonel was magic, and at his behest she set out to acquire a witch's hat, pot and spell to disenchant him. How she does this will enthrall children. A "must" for all libraries." -Library Journal "The children are lively, the grown-ups (including the witch) colorful and the mingling of magic and reality is most effective. -New York Times "A delightfully amusing story." -Parents Magazine "It's a highly diverting fantasy, told exactly as though it all could happen." -Chicago Tribune "We do like good fantasy, and it is hard to find. Here is some magic sturdily rooted in everyday happenings with both the real children and their enchanted acquaintances well characterized and sharing in some very convincing experiences." -New York Herald Tribune "A truly bewitching story reminiscent of "Alice in Wonderland,"" -New York Journal American "A highly entertaining fantasy." -San Francisco Chronicle "Magic and everyday life blend smoothly in this highly enjoyable fantasy, perfect for reading aloud." -Terri Schmitz, Horn Book

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This is the story of a cat, a broomstick and an ordinary schoolgirl called Rosemary. She bought them both in the market, quite cheaply. Of course, neither the cat nor the broomstick were just what they seemed, and they turned up just when Rosemary badly needed something nice to happen to her. A good cat is apt to be independent, so she did not have things all her own way, and as Carbonel proved to be a Royal cat in a very special sense, that was understandable. Between the cat and the broomstick, Rosemary picked up some useful spells and magic, and the adventures they brought about turned a dull-looking holiday into one long to be remembered for its unexpected excitements and rewards.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1179 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141319739
  • Publisher: Puffin (25 Aug 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RUA5D8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,338 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just magical... 24 Mar 2001
By A Customer
You's funny thing, but I'm writing this review at least twenty years after I read the book. Admittedly I'm about to order a copy, but I can still remember the first time I read this book. It had a massive effect. Our cat of the time suddenly took on a magical resonance after reading this book and the desire to be able to talk to cats has never really left me. HA! It sounds silly, but Barbara Sleigh's book has echoed through our my life and I look forward to passing it onto a child I know today... :-)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First read 30 years ago and never forgotten! 13 Jan 2001
By A Customer
I read this book, along with The Kingdom of Carbonel and Carbonel and Calidor, at the age of 10 whilst in grade school in California. I remember that I checked these books out of the library again and again. I desparately wished that I could hear my own cat talk! About 2 years ago, I was thinking about the books, and started trying to find them. Unfortunately, they are out of print in the US. It took me a year to track down and purchase these three books from used booksellers England, Australia and America. It was absolutely worth the time and the money, because now I have a child to share them with, my 6-month-old son. When he's old enough, I hope he will also thrill to the stories of Carbonel and Rosemary and John, and look at our old black cat with new wonder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oldy but goody! 31 May 2004
After reading the other reviews for this book, I felt compelled to add my own heartfelt recommendations. It is now 20 years since I first checked the Carbonel series of books out of my local library, and now, with a child of my own, desperately wanted to track them down to share with her. From the first page I was captivated, transported into a magical world of witches and talking cats that would give Harry Potter a run for his money today. I recommend this book to young and old alike, and would urge any parent with an imaginative child to pick up a copy - I'm positive they'll thank you for it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Birth Of Magic - Classics never die 17 Feb 2005
I was eleven when i first read the orginal carbonel book, i remebered looking at the faded dust cover and thinking how boring the book must be. i am glad to say i was wrong! i loved the book so much i read it over and over and even took a trip down to the library to check out the sequals. when you are young the prospect of magic amazes you, a reality with new worlds and talking cats, and carbonel offers this and much more. harry potter has succeded in introducing children back to reading, carbonel succedes in keeping children reading
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its so good I'm searching the globe for a copy 17 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Written in 1955 and set in England -- long before anyone had ever imagined Harry Potter. It's the summer adventure for a girl and boy -- out smarting a natty frumpy witch to free an enslaved royal cat. The first and best of a triology of books involving Carbonel the King of Cats. Whimsical and clever; lots of action to keep even today's video game generation entertained and certain to finish the story.
It's my favorite book of all time and I hope to share with my 10 year old neice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carbonel by Barbara Sleigh 3 April 2007
Can't believe i have managed to find this book! It must have been about 15 years ago that i first read this and it has rated as one of my favourite books of all time! Long before Harry Potter mania gripped the nation this book was floating around, transporting the reader to a magical world! Can't recommend it enough!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 23 Oct 1999
By A Customer
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Carbonel By Barbara Sleigh When Rosemary buys a broom and a cat at the market, she has no idea that she is buying a witchs' broom and that Carbonel, the cat, will take her on such an adventure! I couldn't put this book down! Carbonel is my new idol.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a long lasting inspiration 15 Sep 1999
By A Customer
I am the author Freya North and I read this book when I was a child. It had a huge impact on me - both in terms of the subject matter and the beautiful wordcraft. It is a magical tale about a young girl who is faced with a boring school holiday. She buys an old twig broom and suddenly realises how she can hear a black cat speak. The Cat is Carbonel - and he is a witch's cat. So begins a summer of fun and adventure. I have re-read it many times over the years and it never loses its magic. The characters - human and feline - are well rounded and very colourful. There was another Carbonel book - the Kingdom of Carbonel - I hope this is still in print. A must for all children who like spells, cats and a little bit of escapism. I used to hold our old twig broom very tightly - but my cat never spoke back!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A magical book
I am now 59 and I read this book when I was 7 or 8 years old. The story has stayed with me all through the years and I recently purchased the 50th anniversary edition. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I loved this book when I read it as a child, and highly recommend it to young readers today. It is beautifully written and has definitely withstood the test of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Juliesone
Having read the reviews of this delightful book I too wanted to add my thoughts having read this book 43 years ago! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood favourite
I first fell in love with this book as a child, read it successfully to a succession of classes and finally introduced it to my daughter who loves it just as much as me. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic
It must be 50 years since I read this book and the sequels. We didn't even have a cat then but as an adult I have shared my life with many felines. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cat story
This book is was read many years ago by myself, and now my daughter. A cat lovers dream as it shows insight into how a cat behaves.
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