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Publisher's Note:

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 Lillian must set out on a perilous adventure that will lead her through untamed lands of fabled creatures--from Old Mother Possum to the fearsome Bear People--to find a way to make things right.…

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest

by Charles De Lint

Overall Book Review:

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest is a wonderful tale of magic and youth.  The tale will appeal to younger readers, and is accompanied with beautiful illustrations by Charles Vess.  The novel has almost a folksy feel, and is narrated beautifully.  The story evokes a timeless feel that draws readers in and entrances them.  One of the novel’s finest points are its strong but simple characters.  The protagonist is likeable and strong, but one of my favorite characters was T.H. Reynolds, and I was sad not to see a bit more of him.  Now, some adults might wish the novel had a bit more depth, but its important to remember that this is not a novel for adults, it’s for young readers who will love and relate to the themes and magic of The Cats of Tanglewood Forest.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  A character throws a spider at another character and causes them to fall.  Characters are bitten by a snake and die; characters talk about instances where somebody ate someone else.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

Death, growing-up.

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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About the Reviewer

I enjoy reading adventure books like Gary Paulsen’s The Hatchet, probably because I like to lead an active life. Outside of reading, I camp, hike, run cross country and work on a farm, and a lot of these experiences let me appreciate the content of a good book, as well as the unlimited possibilities that can happen between its covers.