The cat who wished to be a man

Author Alexander, Lloyd.
Language English
Publisher
Puffin $4.99., 2000




Annotation:

Soon after he becomes a man, Lionel the cat understands the wizard's reluctance to perform the transformation.



Subjects :

  • Magic
  • Fiction

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson

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Reading Measurement Programs:


999999
Puffin $4.99. () 2000.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5
Accelerated Reader Points 3

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 670
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 5

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Accelerated Reader Points 5

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Reviews :

Linnea Hendrickson (Children's Literature)
Please, master," said the cat, "will you change me into a man?" Imagine a human who retains many of the attributes of a cat--the ability to leap and land on his feet, to pounce, and to see and smell more keenly than humans can. Lionel, unfamiliar with the ways of the world, is a naïve protagonist who, through a breathtaking series of adventures and mishaps, manages to save the day and win the woman he loves. Of course no one believes that Lionel is really a cat--that is until he manages to drive a horde of rats from the Crowned Swan to the Mayor's house. Rich in word play and sly social commentary, this story begs to be read aloud, and offers numerous opportunities for making connections with traditional tales ranging from "Stone Soup" to the "Pied Piper of Hamelin." The names alone: Lionel, Mayor Pursewig, Swaggart his henchman, Owlbert, and Dr. Tudbelly all add to the fun, as do Dr. Tudbelly's pronouncements in Latin -- "O tempora, O mores." Fans of Harry Potter should be enchanted. 2000 (orig. 1973), Puffin, $4.99. Ages 8 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Dutton (New York,), PUBLISHED: [1973])

Bonnie L. Worcester (Audiofile, May 1998)
Lionel knows all about being a cat, but he has a great deal to learn about life as a man as he tries to free the town of Brightford from its cruel leader. The cast of nine members, representing nine characters plus a narrator, is particularly effective in crowd scenes, fully capturing the urgency of a town under siege. Heroes and villains are clearly drawn in this masterpiece by one of juvenile literature's best-loved fantasy writers. This is entertaining for the whole family. B.L.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine Audio Program. 1997 (orig. 1973), Listening Library, Two cassettes, 2.4 hrs., Book pak, $16.98.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library (Old Greenwich CT:), PUBLISHED: p1997.)

Linnea Hendrickson (Children's Literature)
Please, master," said the cat, "will you change me into a man?" Imagine a human who retains many of the attributes of a cat--the ability to leap and land on his feet, to pounce, and to see and smell more keenly than humans can. Lionel, unfamiliar with the ways of the world, is a naïve protagonist who, through a breathtaking series of adventures and mishaps, manages to save the day and win the woman he loves. Of course no one believes that Lionel is really a cat--that is until he manages to drive a horde of rats from the Crowned Swan to the Mayor's house. Rich in word play and sly social commentary, this story begs to be read aloud, and offers numerous opportunities for making connections with traditional tales ranging from "Stone Soup" to the "Pied Piper of Hamelin." The names alone: Lionel, Mayor Pursewig, Swaggart his henchman, Owlbert, and Dr. Tudbelly all add to the fun, as do Dr. Tudbelly's pronouncements in Latin -- "O tempora, O mores." Fans of Harry Potter should be enchanted. 2000 (orig. 1973), Puffin, $4.99. Ages 8 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Puffin $4.99., PUBLISHED: 2000 (orig. 1973))

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Lionel the Cat gets a taste of what it's like to walk on two legs when his magician-owner grants his wish to be a man. This action-packed fantasy follows Lionel as he encounters both the bright and dark sides of being human. Ages 10-14.(Mar.)
(PUBLISHER: Puffin $4.99., PUBLISHED: 2000 (orig. 1973))

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Puffin $4.99., 2000

Media Type:

0141307048
9780141307046
Old Greenwich CT: Listening Library, 1997

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
2 sound cassettes (145 min.):
0807278467
9780807278468
Unabridged.
New York: Dell, 1992

Media Type: Language Material
107 p.
([Fic])
0440405807
9780440405801
Vancouver: Library Services Branch, 1980

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
3 sound cassettes (185 min.):
New York Dutton, 1973

Media Type: Language Material
viii 107 p.
PZ7.A3774 ([Fic])
0525275452
9780525275459

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