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The Cats of Tanglewood Forest

By Charles de Lint (Hardcover Book, 2013)
In this whimsical, original folktale, written and illustrated throughout in vibrant full color by two celebrated masters of modern fantasy, a young girl's journey becomes an enchanting coming-of-age story about magic, friendship, and the courage to shape one's own destiny.

Lillian Kindred spends her days exploring the Tanglewood Forest, a magical, rolling wilderness that she imagines to be full of fairies. The trouble is, Lillian has never seen a wisp of magic in her hills--until the day the cats of the forest save her life by transforming her into a kitten. Now she must set out on a perilous adventure that will lead her through untamed lands of fabled creates--from Old Mother Possum to the fearsome Bear People--to find a way to make things right.
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $17.99 US/$19.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316053570

    • On Sale Date: 03/05/2013

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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In this whimsical, original folktale, written and illustrated throughout in vibrant full color by two celebrated masters of modern fantasy, a young girl's journey becomes an enchanting coming-of-age story about magic, friendship, and the courage to shape one's own destiny.

Lillian Kindred spends her days exploring the Tanglewood Forest, a magical, rolling wilderness that she imagines to be full of fairies. The trouble is, Lillian has never seen a wisp of magic in her hills--until the day the cats of the forest save her life by transforming her into a kitten. Now she must set out on a perilous adventure that will lead her through untamed lands of fabled creates--from Old Mother Possum to the fearsome Bear People--to find a way to make things right.

CHARLES DE LINT is the much beloved author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children's books, including The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, The Blue Girl, The Painted Boy, and Under My Skin. Well-known throughout fantasy and science-fiction circles as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, White Pine, Crawford, and Aurora awards. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a monthly book-review column for the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He shares his home in Ottawa, Canada, with his wife, MaryAnn Harris.

CHARLES VESS is a world-renowned artist and a three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award, among several others. His work has appeared in magazines, comic books, and novels, including The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, Peter Pan, The Book of Ballads, and Stardust, written by Neil Gaiman and made into an acclaimed film by Paramount Pictures in 2007. Vess has also illustrated two picture books with Gaiman, Instructions and Blueberry Girl, that were New York Times bestsellers. His art has been featured in several gallery and museum exhibitions across the United States as well as in Spain, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and Italy. He lives on a small farm and works from his studio, Green Man Press, in southwest Virginia.
  • A 2013 New York Times Notable Children's Book
    A New York Times Editors' Choice Book
    A Spring 2013 Kids' Indie Next List Pick
    A Spring 2013 Parents' Choice Awards Approved Book
    A 2014 Children's Book Committee of Bank Street College Outstanding Book

  • * "De Lint zestfully combines the traditional and the original, the light and the dark, while Vess's luminous full color illustrations, simultaneously fluid and precise, capture Lillian's effervescent blend of determination and curiosity." ( Publishers Weekly, starred review ).

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

  • * "Has a wonderfully old-fashioned fable-like feel to it, imparting a message of 'be careful what you wish for' through beautifully descriptive, finely tuned prose that leaves no doubt about the lesson being taught, yet makes the learning of it a joy." (Quill & Quire, starred review).

  • "Sweetly magical.... A satisfyingly folkloric, old-fashioned-feeling fable." (Kirkus Reviews).

  • "Well suited as a charming read-aloud...[a] quiet, nature-rich fantasy....The pencil and colored ink illustrations are lush and evocative."
    (School Library Journal).

  • Praise for Circle of Cats:
    "Young readers are certain to enjoy the mood that has been created. The artwork is also appealing, with illustrations reminiscent of an animated film." (School Library Journal).

  • "The story's lyrical, folkloric style is well suited to a tale of magic and mystery." (Booklist).

  • Praise for the Onion Girl:
    "A master storyteller, [de Lint] blends Celtic, Native American, and other cultures into a seamless mythology that resonates with magic and truth."
    (Library Journal).

  • "What makes de Lint's particular brand of fantasy so catchy is his attention to the ordinary. Like great writers of magic realism, he writes about people in the world we know, encountering magic as a part of that world. Fairy tales come true, and their magic affects realistic characters full of particular lusts and fears." (Booklist).

  • "This crazy-quilt fantasy moves from the outer to the inner world with amazing ease and should satisfy new and old fans of this prolific and gifted storyteller, whose ability to peel away layers of story could earn him the title 'The Onion Man.'" (Publishers Weekly).

  • Praise for Seven Wild Sisters:
    "[An] appealing contemporary fairy tale from Canadian de Lint ...This long-awaited collaboration between de Lint and noted illustrator Charles Vess, World Fantasy Award-winning artist and past collaborator with Neil Gaiman and Jeff Smith, weaves a gentle and at times humorous enchantment, suitable for fantasy fans of all ages."
    (Publishers Weekly).

  • "[A] mystical fairy tale written with a naturalist's passion... Suspenseful, unique, and unexpected fantasy for de Lint fans and newcomers alike." (Booklist).

  • Praise for The Blue Girl:
    "This lively novel thoughtfully examines friendships that cross magical boundaries and explores how love can strengthen and save us. ...[these] are sympathetic characters who speak with sharp, snappy dialogue."
    (School Library Journal).

  • "De Lint's strong characters and riveting plot lines will work for even the most skeptical reader, and Imogene and Maxine are wonderful examples of strong young women faced with a variety of problems that appear to defy solutions--that is, until the girls realize that the simplest, yet most difficult, answer is within their control: bravery in the face of a friend's danger." (Booklist).

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The Cats of Tanglewood Forest
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $17.99 US/$19.99 CAN
  • Pages: 304
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-3/4" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316053570
  • On Sale Date: 03/05/2013
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest