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    DescriptionThe preeminent work by one of France's most celebrated young comic artists, "The Rabbi's Cat" tells the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat -- a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising tenderness. In Algeria in the 1930s, a cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter, Zlabya, eats the family parrot and gains the ability to speak. To his master's consternation, the cat immediately begins to tell lies (the first being that he didn't eat the parrot). The rabbi vows to educate him in the ways of the Torah, while the cat insists on studying the kabbalah and having a Bar Mitzvah. They consult the rabbi's rabbi, who maintains that a cat can't be Jewish -- but the cat, as always, knows better. Zlabya falls in love with a dashing young rabbi from Paris, and soon master and cat, having overcome their shared self-pity and jealousy, are accompanying the newlyweds to France to meet Zlabya's cosmopolitan in-laws. Full of drama and adventure, their trip invites countless opportunities for the rabbi and his cat to grapple with all the important -- and trivial -- details of life. Rich with the colors, textures, and flavors of Algeria's Jewish community, "The Rabbi's Cat" brings a lost world vibrantly to life -- a time and place where Jews and Arabs coexisted -- and peoples it with endearing and thoroughly human characters, and one truly unforgettable cat.


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    Title
    The Rabbi's Cat
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Joann Sfar
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 142
    Width: 203 mm
    Height: 262 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780375422812
    ISBN 10: 0375422811
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    Ingram Subject Code: GV
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11800
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: RELI/JUDAIC
    Libri: I-GV
    BISAC V2.8: HUM001000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 48
    BISAC V2.8: CGN000000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
    B&T Merchandise Category: GPH
    B&T General Subject: 400
    B&T Approval Code: A23430000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 741.5/944
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 741.5944
    LC classification: PN6747.S48 C4813 2005
    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Illustrations note
    COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Pantheon Books
    Publication date
    15 November 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Considered one of the brightest and most talented of the younger generation of French comic artists, Joann Sfar has written or collaborated on more than one hundred books for adults and children. He has worked with some of the best young artists in France, including Christophe Bain, Emmanuel Giubert, and Lewis Trondheim. In the United States he's best known for his children's books, "Little Vampire Goes to School, "which made the "New York Times" best-seller list, and "Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!," which was recently nominated for an Eisner Award. Sfar was awarded the prestigious Jury Prize at Angouleme for "The Rabbi's Cat." He lives in Paris with his wife, two children, and the model for the rabbi's cat.
    Review quote
    "Sfar has succeeded in the task of amusing us on every page, all the while lightly challenging us with complex questions about religion. The chattering of the rabbi's cat should not be missed for any reason."
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    The preeminent work by one of France's most celebrated young comic artists, "The Rabbi's Cat tells the wholly unique story of a rabbi, his daughter, and their talking cat -- a philosopher brimming with scathing humor and surprising tenderness. In Algeria in the 1930s, a cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter, Zlabya, eats the family parrot and gains the ability to speak. To his master's consternation, the cat immediately begins to tell lies (the first being that he didn't eat the parrot). The rabbi vows to educate him in the ways of the Torah, while the cat insists on studying the kabbalah and having a Bar Mitzvah. They consult the rabbi's rabbi, who maintains that a cat can't be Jewish -- but the cat, as always, knows better. Zlabya falls in love with a dashing young rabbi from Paris, and soon master and cat, having overcome their shared self-pity and jealousy, are accompanying the newlyweds to France to meet Zlabya's cosmopolitan in-laws. Full of drama and adventure, their trip invites countless opportunities for the rabbi and his cat to grapple with all the important -- and trivial -- details of life. Rich with the colors, textures, and flavors of Algeria's Jewish community, "The Rabbi's Cat brings a lost world vibrantly to life -- a time and place where Jews and Arabs coexisted -- and peoples it with endearing and thoroughly human characters, and one truly unforgettable cat.