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.
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
A 2014 Sunburst Award Shortlist 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
Charles de Lint is the author of more than seventy books, including The Cats of Tanglewood Forest. Well-known as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, White Pine, Crawford, and Aurora awards.
Charles Vess illustrated The Cats of Tanglewood Forest and is a world-renowned artist and a three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award. His work has appeared in magazines, comic books, novels, and two picture books by Neil Gaiman that were New York Times bestsellers.