Catwitchby Una Woodruff Published 01 Jan 1970
|Publisher||Doubleday & Co.|
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Having been taught reading, writing, and a little magic by his owner, Jules the kitten is persuaded by fairies that appear through the television set to return with them to fairyland and help save their captive prince.
This book was another childhood favorite for a variety of reasons: one, it was under "restricted circulation" in my grade school library, as a number of incredibly fearful and pathologically ridiculous Christian parents criticized its magical message and deemed a "Satanic influence" on the minds of young readers; two, it is beautiful both in image and text. It was eventually banned by the school, and mother, in her infinite good wisdom and uniquely well-situated position as a library volunteer, rescued the infamous volume from its fate in the burnpile and (after secretly recommending it to a number of curious and brave children) took it home for us to enjoy on our own.
It is a gorgeous children's classic about an orphaned kitten that is taken in during a thunderstorm by an amazing witch, and who becomes a familiar with particularly strong magical gifts. The illustrations are lush and psychedelic, some of which have been burned permanently into my mind's eye. It's unfortunate that Goodreads doesn't have an image available - I recommend tracking this one down.
Hooray for reading banned books!
Witches! Fairies! Cats who can speak and wear hats! and best of all....UNICORNS?!
I found this book in one of my childhood haunts - the public library. Every summer my grandmother would drive me there so that I could rack up "points" that would earn me entrance into pizza parties during the next school year! What a deal, considering my nose was stuck in a book regardless of potential pizza rewards...
I was right at the reading level where I found myself grabbing thicker, chapter books and toying with the idea of venturing into the "grown up books" when I came across "Catwitch" for the first time. Plucking it from the shelf because of the title, I found myself quickly drawn in by the cover and the illustrations as I flipped through the pages. The illustrations in this book are lovely, pastel, detailed...you can identify the bundles of herbs hanging from the rafters, you can read the spines of the books on the shelves.
I hope to purchase this book before I have kids...aw, hell. I just want to purchase this book NOW!
As you may have guessed, this book is about a cat. Who is also a witch. Jules is a kitten who longs for adventure, so he leaves his brethren behind and ends up familiar to a witch (a fading starlet looking to regain her glamor). There's a nefarious real estate developer, a fairy court, and yes, even a unicorn brought to life in absurdly lush illustrations.
I adored this book and must have reread it hundreds of times as a kid. It's one of those books where the illustrations reveal something new with every close perusal. Plus the story has a real sense of darkness and magic, and a plot twist that left my impressionable mind reeling
This is certainly a book which will attract key stage two readers and early key stage three children.
Just found this used on Amazon for a reasonable price--looking forward to sharing it with my daughter when she gets to an age where she can read children's books!
A childhood favorite that I still have on my shelf. A haunting, humorous story, beautifully illustrated— I'd love to see this back in print. But why isn't the amazing Lisa Tuttle credited as well?
Early inspiration for my penchant for talking cats. This book really does have everything.