Varjak Paw

Author(s): S. F. Said; Dave Mckean (Illustrator)

Picture Books | Year 5 Set

Mesopotamian Blue cat, Varjak Paw, has never been Outside before; he and his family have always lived in the isolated house at the top of the hill. But Varjak is forced out into the city when the sinister Gentleman and his two menacing cats take over his home. With help from his mystical ancestor, Jalal, Varjak manages to overcome challenges such as self-survival and a threat from the gangland cats, and he ultimately discovers the terrifying secrets behind the Vanishings. But can he save his own family from their fate?


With wonderful integrated illustrations from acclaimed comic book artist Dave McKean, this book will appeal to all ages.


From the Hardcover edition.


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"A beguiling tale that sticks in the memory. The cat's whiskers" The Sunday Times "Stylish, original and inventive, Varjak Paw is a modern children's classic" "Dazzling" The New York Times "The book is compulsive reading; we are with Varjak every step of his way, willing him to succeed. Independent readers of 9 upwards will treasure it, not least for its illustrations, and some will camp out on the publisher's doorstep for the sequel" Ann Hay, The School Librarian "The cat magic mystique is brilliant" -- Richard Adams Author of Watership Down

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 Dave 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.

General Fields

  • : 9780552572293
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Corgi
  • : 0.246
  • : February 2014
  • : 186mm X 135mm X 18mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : S. F. Said; Dave Mckean (Illustrator)
  • : Paperback
  • : NE
  • : Dave McKean
  • : English
  • : -Fic-
  • : 256
  • : illustrations