The Outlaw Varjak Paw
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The Outlaw Varjak Paw

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Having saved the city cats from a fate worse than death, Varjak Paw finds himself the elected and popular leader of a new gang - a gang that supports freedom and kindness for all. But will the pressure take its toll on this brave yet sometimes naive cat? Soon the city erupts in an all-out gang war as the evil Sally Bones attempts to control the lives of all cats. Horrified and outnumbered, Varjak and the others must fight for their freedom or die trying; can Jalal's Way really be the best way? This is another thrilling adventure, eagerly awaited by all Varjak fans, both young and old.show more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 136 x 185 x 21mm | 254g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • Black and white
  • 0552572306
  • 9780552572309
  • 27,061

Review quote

"Original and amazingly engrossing ... it is much enhanced by its high-quality production and the beautiful illustrations by Dave McKean" Daily Telegraph "To today's overprotected children, Varjak Paw is the perfect emblem of the joys and dangers of freedom. Beautifully illustrated by Dave McKeen and written in spine-tingling prose, the novels have a suspenseful edginess that children instantly respond to" The Times "A wonderfully original creation: a fearless feline with a gift for whizzy martial arts ... grippingly vivid ... Dave McKean's scratchy, lean drawings perfectly capture Said's dark narrative" Evening Standard "It's refreshing to enter a world of cats. And not just any old cats, but the rich collection of heroes and villains in the world of Varjak Paw ... The Outlaw Varjak Paw is another swift, compelling tale. And Varjak is an appealing and believable hero" The New York Times "The bleakness of the story is magnified by Dave McKean's brilliant illustrations. The combination of his blood-spattered paintings and Said's staccato descriptions lends the fight scenes an almost balletic quality ... The world inhabited by these emaciated cats becomes engrossing, while the emotional ambiguities offer plenty for adults to think about" Time Outshow more

About S. F. Said

SF Said (Author) SF Said's first book, Varjak Paw, won the Nestle Smarties Prize for Children's Literature. The sequel,The Outlaw Varjak Paw, won the BBC Blue Peter Book Of The Year. Phoenix is his third book. He has written widely about literature, films and the arts for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph; and works regularly with CLPE, promoting reading and literacy in schools. For more information on SF and his books, please visit www.sfsaid.comDave McKean (Illustrator) Dave McKean has illustrated and designed many ground-breaking books and graphic novels including Varjak Paw (SF Said), The Magic of Reality (Richard Dawkins), The Savage (David Almond) and The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman). He wrote and illustrated Pictures That Tick and the multi-award winning Cages. He has created hundreds of CD and comic covers and directed five short and three feature films.show more

Review Text

"The bleakness of the story is magnified by Dave McKean's brilliant illustrations. The combination of his blood-spattered paintings and Said's staccato descriptions lends the fight scenes an almost balletic quality . . . The world inhabited by these emaciated cats becomes engrossing, while the emotional ambiguities offer plenty for adults to think about"show more

Back cover copy

VARJAK PAW IS BACK. There are Seven Skills that give a cat great power, and Varjak Paw knows them all. He can fight, he can hunt, he can walk unseen. There's just one problem. Sally Bones, the thin white cat who leads the city's deadliest gang, also knows the Skills. She knows even more than Varjak does. And now she's coming to get him . . . 'Original and amazingly engrossing' TELEGRAPH 'Book of the week. SF Said has joined the likes of JK Rowling and Philip Pullman' TIME OUT NOMINATED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL Praise for VARJAK PAW, Smarties Book Prize Gold Award Winner: 'Dazzling' NEW YORK TIMES 'Stylish, orginal and inventive . . . a modern children's classic' JACQUELINE WILSON 'The cat's whiskers' SUNDAY TIMES www.davidficklingbooks.co.ukshow more

Rating details

1,090 ratings
4.22 out of 5 stars
5 47% (514)
4 32% (348)
3 18% (196)
2 2% (24)
1 1% (8)
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