The Cats of Tanglewood Forest
(book 2 for Once Upon a Time )
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest By Charles De Lint and Charles Vess, Illustrator.
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; (March 5, 2013)
(below) when the paper cover was taken off.. we find yet another Vess drawing!
Book Description Release date: March 5, 2013
The magic is all around you, if only you open your eyes....
Lillian Kindred spends her days exploring the Tanglewood Forest, a magical, rolling wilderness that she imagines to be full of fairies. The trouble is, Lillian has never seen a wisp of magic in her hills--until the day the cats of the forest save her life by transforming her into a kitten. Now Lillian must set out on a perilous adventure that will lead her through untamed lands of fabled creatures--from Old Mother Possum to the fearsome Bear People--to find a way to make things right.
In this whimsical, original folktale written and illustrated throughout in vibrant full color by two celebrated masters of modern fantasy, a young girl's journey becomes an enchanting coming-of-age story about magic, friendship, and the courage to shape one's own destiny.
Admittedly I bought this book for the artwork… which, by the way, does not disappoint! Charles Vess certainly made this a better book than it would have been without his artwork.
The story itself is very good. I enjoyed it more then I thought I would. Fantasy or not, books written for the young people nearly always have subtle things about life written into them, and this one does too.
This book holds a double meaning for me since I took it with me for a stay in the hospital and he helped me thru many boring hours of waiting and helped keep my anxieties down during the time I was reading it. I’m not sure many other books could have helped me in such a way.
That aside, the story is very captivating and enjoyable.. but this you will find out when you read it for yourself.. and my recommendation is that you DO read it.