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Varjak Paw

S. F. Said, Dave McKean


  • Action Adventures - chills, thrills and plenty of spills

Average rating

4 out 5

Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He's never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about the Way - a secret martial art for cats. Now Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and, strangest of all the mysterious Vanishings.


One of the best books I have ever read to my class. We studied this as an English unit and the writing that the children produced was brilliant. Fantastic language and character development. Can't wait to read them the next one.

shewholovescats 16.07.2021

Amazing! Best children's book I have read in a long, long time! 08.07.2021

I can't rate this book highly enough. So well written with lots of unexpected twists and turns to keep the reader hooked all the time. The language is well crafted - with just enough description written at times in such poetic ways. About a protected pet cat who is suddenly plunged into the rough and tumble world of street cats - with a compelling goal in mind and plenty of action as well as emotion. I thoroughly recommend this to readers and children do and will love it. I think it would go well with all KS2 readers. The illustrations are also a delight.

Larraine3 17.09.2020

A book about cats. I thought, what's not to like? Wasn't quite as gripping as I'd hoped, maybe that's because I'm too grown up, but it is well written, uses lovely language and has a positive message. The dream sequences were good but some children might not get this independently. A great book for Y4 or thereabouts.

Sahara1 09.09.2020

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