The cat who wished to be a man

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




Annotation:

When he begins dealing with humanity, Lionel the cat begins to understand why his wizard master was reluctant to change him into a man.



Subjects :

  • Fantastic fiction
  • Juvenile fiction
  • Fiction
  • Fiction.
  • Cats
  • Fantasy fiction
  • Magic
  • Fantastic 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 Books (New York N.Y. U.S.A:) 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

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

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Reviews :

(Bookbird Reviews)
After begging Magician Stephanus long enough, Lionel the cat gets his wish -- he is changed into a young man, and sets off to town to see what it's like to be human. He experiences all the adventure, danger and emotion that goes into a human's life -- including love. Now how can Lionel ever go back to being a cat? No one does it better than Lloyd Alexander. One of his early children's chapter books, The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man contains all of his trademark wit, wisdom and warmth, as well as a valuable lesson and plenty of delightful characters. After giving his cat the gift of speech, the magician Stephanus is now harangued by requests to turn him into a man. Lionel is desperately curious about the world of mankind, despite his master's low opinion of the folk who live in the nearby town of Brightford -- according to him he once built a bridge for the whole townsfolk to share, only for the Mayor to seize control of it and place a toll over it. Stephanus left in disgust after that, and hasn't returned since. But Lionel won't be deterred, and Stephanus grudgingly grants him his wish. Soon enough a tawny-haired, green-eyed you. Great story from master storyteller Lloyd Alexander. This time a cat is turned into a man by his magician master in order to teach the cat, Lionel, a lesson. Instead, Lionel discovers what it is to be human. He sees all the pain and difficulty of the life of a man, all the baseness and depravity that men are capable of, but at the same time he finds what is best in a human life - what makes up for all the rest. The kindness and profound goodness that humanity is capable of and the love that he finds in himself for Gillian, a young woman in trouble with the unscrupulous leaders in town. And now Lionel has a decision to make. Will he return to being a cat or will he choose to forever remain a human? There will be no going back.
(PUBLISHER: Dell Pub. (New York N.Y.:), PUBLISHED: [1992] c1973.)

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 na ve 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 na ve 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))

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 na ve 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 Books (New York N.Y. U.S.A:), PUBLISHED: 2000 c1973.)

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 Books (New York N.Y. U.S.A:), PUBLISHED: 2000 c1973.)

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Series :

Anytime books ; AB 21

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Puffin $4.99., 2000

Media Type:

0141307048
9780141307046
New York N.Y. U.S.A: Puffin Books, 2000

Media Type: Language Material
107 p. ;
PZ7.A3774 ([Fic])
0141307048
9780141307046
Originally published New York: Dutton c1973.
New York N.Y. U.S.A: Puffin Books, 2000

Media Type: Language Material
107 p. ;
PZ7.A3774 ([Fic])
9780141307046
0141307048
Originally published New York: Dutton c1973.
Old Greenwich CT: Listening Library, 1997

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
2 sound cassettes (2 hrs. 25 min.):
(AUDIO/BLOCK/JF)
9780807278468
0807278467
Unabridged.
New York: Dell Publishing, 1992

Media Type: Language Material
iv 107 p.:
PZ7.A3774 Cat 1992
9780440405801
0440405807
"A Yearling book."
"February 1992."
New York N.Y.: Dell Pub., 1992

Media Type: Language Material
iii 107 p. ;
PZ7.A3774 ([Fic])
9780440405801
0440405807
Originally published New York: Dutton c1973.
"A Yearling book."
Vancouver: Library Services Branch, 1980

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
3 sound cassettes (185 min.):
7446430095
5137446430094
New York: Dutton, 1977

Media Type: Language Material
107 p. ;
PZ7.A3774 Cat 1977
9780525450344
0525450343
New York Dutton, 1973

Media Type: Language Material
viii 107 p.
PZ7.A3774 Cat
9780525275459
0525275452
New York Dutton, 1973

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

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