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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers US; Reprint edition (25 Dec. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316053597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316053594
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Thoroughly delightful....Lillian Kindred is a first-rate heroine, brave and bright and kind....Bewitching and wonderful. (New York Times New York Times)

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Now in paperback, this acclaimed magical woodland adventure created by two icons of fantasy is destined to become a classic.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Turner VINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2013
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Okay, I admit, I am a huge fan of Charles de Lint's writing, even though most of his current work has been directed at the teen market. That, I think, is more to do with publishing trends though, and he does rise skilfully to the challenge of writing for teens - and in this case, children. This is a beautiful book, with sumptuous illustrations by Charles Vess, and these 'drawings' do an superb job of bringing the story, and its' characters, to life. The story is wonderfully told by CdeL, and features a little girl who lives with her aunt, and gets turned into a kitten... this adventure leads her to meet a very charming fox, a native 'aunt' who may be a spider woman, the scary possum witch and then there's a skirmish with the Bear People... Yes, I am an adult, but I couldn't put it down! This is a 'fairy tale' right out of the old tradition, full of magic, mystery, and the spirits of the woods and hills. The worst part? I had to come to the end eventually, and have to wait who know how long for the next de Lint offering! That thought had me speeding toward my CdeL back catalogue. Can't recommend this one highly enough, just 'wow!'
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Lillian's incredible journey begins in a forest, below the branches of the grandfather tree, where cats gather to dream and be dreamed.

This is a beautifully illustrated fairy-tale, written in a style with which de Lint has outdone himself.
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By Sarah Heron on 27 July 2013
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Another wonderful story from one of my favourite authors. The gorgeous illustrations by Charles Vess lift the tale into the realms of pure magic. I can't recommend highly enough.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JB on 20 Jan. 2014
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Arrived well packaged and in the time stated. Got this as a Xmas present for myself haven't read it yet but the drawings are lovely and looking forward to a good read.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous Illustrations and a Compelling Story 18 Mar. 2013
By Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Published on
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Usually, I don't talk much about the physical book itself in my reviews, but I have to spend some time on just how incredibly breathtaking The Cats of Tanglewood Forest is. As you can see from the cover, the illustrations are beautiful. My only quibble with Vess' artwork would be that his people look a bit creepy at times, but he excels at other animals and nature. All throughout the book, his illustrations appear in full color and it's worth taking time to really look at them. As an added bonus, if you remove the dust jacket, there's a different illustration underneath, and it's beautiful as well. Everything about the packaging of this book is beautiful.

The movie The Aristocats includes a song called "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat." Turns out that's not true. Young Lillian is out wandering the forest near her home one day when she gets tired and settles down to a nap. While she's sleeping, a poisonous snake bites her. As she's laying there dying, the wild cats of the forest come upon her and decide, at the risk of angering the Father of Cats, to save this girl who leaves milk out for them. The cats have magic, as much in the forest does. They turn her into a kitten, which sets her on a journey to recover her girl body and to do so with her life just as she left it (minus the snakebite).

Unsurprisingly, the non-human animals really steal the show. My personal favorite is the fox, T. H. Reynolds, a very fine and upstanding gent. Though naturally a predator to kittens, he becomes Lillian's ally in her quest. He's funny, sly, and completely adorable. I love that the animals all work together, but retain their individual natures, not really coming across as particularly anthopomorphized, but more like the reader can now understand their way of communication.

One of the main themes woven neatly throughout The Cats of Tanglewood Forest is that of being kind to those in the world around you. Lillian leaves extra chicken feed out for the undomesticated birds, milk out for the wild cats, and biscuits out for the Apple Tree Man. She doesn't do this in expectation of help, but, in the end, her generosity earns her help when she needs it. Lillian's trusting nature and kindness are what make her capable of achieving her happy ending. De Lint gets this message across without any sort of preaching at all.

Whether the story itself interests you or not, it's worth picking up a copy for the gorgeous illustrations, and you just might find yourself sucked into the story as well. This is an excellent story to read with younger children or for middle grade independent readers.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely enchanting! 8 Mar. 2013
By D. R. Cardos - Published on
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Not only is this new book by Charles de Lint exquisitely illustrated by Charles Vess but the story takes the reader on an enchanting journey; as always, de Lint delivers a lyrical tale that satisfies on a deep, heart-felt level. All ages that enjoy "fairytales" (I'm in my 60's) will find this a delightful read. Just opening to the wonderful new-book smell, feeling the rich texture of the tree-friendly pages, seeing the breathtaking illustrations that bring nearly every page to life just adds to the experience of reading a magically told tale. It's a perfect example of why Mr. de Lint and Mr. Vess have such a loyal following--and why anyone who experience their art becomes a life-long fan!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good Book, Great Read 22 Mar. 2013
By James J. - Published on
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I bought this book because I like some of the author's other books. I was interested in a book that was no longer in print "Circle of Cats", then I found out that he was coming out with this remake expanded version of that story so I got this instead. It was a good read all the way through. Great book for cat lovers everywhere. It is written sort of like it would be for children or young adults, but it deals with some serious emotional issues such as loss of a loved one. Its a good read even for adults.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
More is more, and better! 6 Mar. 2013
By Jack V. Johnson - Published on
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This is the expanded version of "A Circle of Cats," and expands on the original in wonderful ways! The author added some 40,000 words to the story, and the artist added some 50 paintings, so it is altogether more of a very wonderful story! I purchased "A Circle of Cats" to share with my grandkids, and now I'll be buying a paper copy of "The Cats of Tanglewood Forest" to share as well! (I purchased the Kindle version today and finished it this evening - a very fun read!)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Perfectly Charming Folktale Story w/ BEAUTIFUL artwork 10 Sept. 2013
By Miss Bonnie - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"Everything is a lesson if you're willing to learn something from it."

Twelve year old Lillian is an adventurous little girl who traverses the Tanglewood forest searching for fairies that she's convinced exist. After she's tragically bitten by a snake and dies, she hovers above her body long enough to witness the ring of cats that has surrounded her. Next thing she knows, she's awake again and is now furry with paws. Seeking to find a way to rectify the situation, she seeks to change the past but in turn ends up living an even worse existence after her Aunt dies after being bitten by the snake instead.

"Maybe there's a reason why the snake bit you, the cats changed you, and you're no longer a girl. Maybe there's something you can learn from being a cat instead of a girl."

Tanglewood's main lesson centers around how small choices can lead to surprisingly large consequences that you may not realize until it's too late. Despite it's fantasy elements, it still manages to be a lesson that can be understood and appreciated. Charles de Lint has crafted a perfectly charming folktale story and in addition to the enchanting art of Charles Vess this is one that children and adults both are sure to enjoy.
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