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"Carbonel" è il gatto, ma è anche la storia del gatto, e di un manico di scopa e di una scolaretta qualunque. Rosemary acquista la scopa e il gatto al mercato a un prezzo davvero bassissimo. Sia la scopa che il gatto non sono esattamente quel che sembrano, e rivelano la loro vera identità proprio quando Rosemary ha un bisogno disperato di qualcosa di divertente. Grazie al"Carbonel" è il gatto, ma è anche la storia del gatto, e di un manico di scopa e di una scolaretta qualunque. Rosemary acquista la scopa e il gatto al mercato a un prezzo davvero bassissimo. Sia la scopa che il gatto non sono esattamente quel che sembrano, e rivelano la loro vera identità proprio quando Rosemary ha un bisogno disperato di qualcosa di divertente. Grazie al gatto e al manico di scopa, Rosemary imparerà incantesimi e magie che trasformeranno una noiosissima vacanza in un'avventura senza fine....

Title : Carbonel: il principe dei gatti
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ISBN : 9788879051736
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Number of Pages : 577 Pages
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Carbonel: il principe dei gatti Reviews

  • Mariel
    2019-03-22 18:19

    'Well, don't let them see you. Really, Rosemary, you have no ingenuity.'A number of rather angry replies came into Rosemary's mind at this, but she remembered Napoleon and Charles the Second and swallowed the retorts that came to her lips.The king of the cats was stolen from his great inheritance by a vain and greedy witch. Enslaved to her petty treacheries great and small until he is freed at long last by the fulfillment of a prophecy. I loved the simplicity of their magic. The foretold three queens are three Queen Victoria farthings. It's quirky enough to impress anyone who desperately wants something good to happen but isn't greedy. Rosemary was a cool little kid in that way. She would have been good to hang out with when you didn't know what to do. I always dreaded other kids coming over and invariably put out when my ideas weren't to their taste. You wouldn't have to entertain her because she'd see the possibility in the thing. She takes to Carbonel's plight of freedom to return to his rightful place in that way. I loved reading about how she (and her new friend, John) go about discovering the right steps and tools to get the job done . Going to the market and hunting down who bought the witch's hat. Inventing clumsy and charming verse for the tattered twig broom. It's increasingly sadder when she knows the specialness is coming to an end. Maybe going to school and plain old stuff isn't that great. It's elusive, staying happy. It's damn hard work. Rosemary has those moments I know too well of a lucky good mood disappearing (and you get mad at yourself for letting it happen) when some bitchy girls remind you of how tedious it can be. It's going to be sad when John goes home, when school is back on and most of all when they aren't working for something that matters like setting Carbonel free. I liked that wistful feeling of it being over before it was all over. I liked best of all that acknowledging that kind of feeling was a way of feeling more alive about the good thing while it was happening. It wouldn't be fair to the cat who takes his place very seriously, either. The sky tops of London become star scrapers of if you look the right way, the side of your eye when a tree branch is sinister and a cloud more than. A kingdom of alley cats. I must say that I appreciated the hearth rug cats weren't turned away by noses in the air. It made me happy that the creature comforted beasties got some respect, anyway. They've got to find their own friends amongst themselves and two legged animals. The only thing I have a tough time in believing is that more cats aren't kings or queens. In their own minds, at least. Only ONE cat will fight Carbonel for his kingdom upon his return? Only one cat wouldn't take that bullshit of paying taxes to the fat ginger cat who did fancy feast himself the king of the forest of smoke stacks. The real world that existed within the every day world of going to work and post office, etc. People with noses to grindstones below. I feel sometimes like I slip out of worlds when in my head thinking about what I want to think about, and when I'm amongst coworkers babbling about their 401ks and divorce settlements of famous athletes. Anyway, turning the real = useful turned another way is great. The cat world slips into doing cat things. What do they do when they aren't doing useful cat things like keeping their coats clean, procreating and eating? Something wild, probably. I can't picture Carbonel wild, though. He's one of those cats you wonder what do they get up to....I loved that Rosemary's hardworking mother wasn't overlooked. It made me quite upset at first when Rosemary asks her to do some emergency seamstress working for the theatre troupe (they wouldn't get the important witch's hat for the freedom spell without it). Oh no, her one real day off! She admits that she was disappointed to lose that. I loved that. I can see that she was probably a lot like Rosemary when she was young. Her daughter would be trying to live the lost longed for treat in her mind before having to give it up to do the right thing. But it all works out because she gets to have the rare job that you like doing. Wardrobe mistress for the theatre company. Anyway, I thought it was great this relationship between mother and daughter. They really did have a cozy life despite being poor. Sleigh (and reminded me a lot of C.S. Lewis in this way) goes "Oh, you know what it's like" sometimes in lieu of describing the fancy fair foods or dinners. It's a tradition between them for mother to tell daughter about how the other half live. I kind of wished she would have kept in mind future generations who didn't know what it was all about. It's a sweet version of the urchin with their nose to the glass when Rosemary and Mrs. Brown do it. I have watched many travel videos for places I'll never be able to afford to visit. I get it. I liked reading about the cozy poor food that they do eat, anyway. When I was a kid I'd love to read that kind of stuff like Matilda finally getting to eat real butter on her toast (a fellow margarine consumer). It's all in the spirit of liking the street urchin window feeling. You don't get to be Carbonel and it feels good wishing you could be (like when it's time to go to work).The ending claims that the witch is a reformed dishwasher. Well, I know from the plot description of the second book (Carbonel and friends have three in all) that this isn't true. There are more ways to stick it to the cat who wouldn't break to her will. She probably works her sneaking kind of ill meaning mischief in the tea shop, too. I can see her requesting any day off that she knew a coworker had their heart set on. That would be the sort of thing the old woman would do.

  • Miriam
    2019-03-20 14:45

    Although I gave this a 4 at the time it should probably be lower, as I just read the sequel without remembering this book or the characters in the least.

  • Ivonne Rovira
    2019-02-24 20:46

    This was a favorite book from my childhood, and it's still excellent 40 years later. I just ordered it for my own daughter, who just loves cats. (We have three.) Even though she's 15, she still loved reading Carbonel: The King of Cats. I'm so pleased that it's back in print! Some children's books are so good that you don't have to be young to enjoy them. This is one.

  • Cheryl
    2019-03-25 19:40

    Dated, simple adventure fantasy. No real wisdom, resonance, or poignancy... or humor, for that matter. Everything kinda just falls into place: the children always have just enough pocket change, they never bicker, Carbonel is meant to be leader by right of Birth (which, you know, grates on my American sensibilities just too much), the rich lady is kind, the mother is patient, etc. Ok fine. Let's move along to Nesbit or Eager or Farjeon, all right?

  • Nick
    2019-03-21 16:47

    From the 1930s to the 1960s, roughly speaking, there was a golden era of children's literature. Many of the authors were British - E. Nesbit, Arthur Ransome, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Mervyn Peake, and so many more -- and some were American (Madeleine L'engle). Barbara Sleigh belongs to this era, and her Carbonel series is a wonderful trilogy of books about the King of the Cats and his adventures with some British children who through various magical means can understand his language. "Carbonel" is the first of the series. In it we meet Carbonel in straightened circumstances, and the children help him regain his throne. The plot is straightforward and the jeopardy gentle; these books are best for the younger kid set (6-8 or 9). The fun is in the witty presentation of the cat's attitude toward humans, which is often scathing and only occasionally kind. The British did this sort of thing particularly well; the heart of the book is always in the right place, but doesn't becomes sappy because of the dash of clear-eyed reality never far from the action. There's a great danger that these classic books will get lost in the shuffle of time. With all the other claims on kid's attention, who will read them these long, leisurely, wonderful tales from another era? At least The New York Review of Books has done parents and kids a huge service by bringing out these beautifully printed and illustrated editions of classics that do not deserve to be forgotten.

  • Beth Cato
    2019-03-02 16:44

    Long before Harry Potter, the Carbonel series captured that same British magical whimsy. Carbonel and its sequel were among my favorite books at the library when I was about 9-12. Imagine my delight when this book, originally published in 1955, was re-released... followed by two sequels! I didn't even know it was a trilogy. I completed my set, and now I'm reading through them from the beginning.[return][return]Young Rosemary plans on cleaning houses to make her summer break pass by. However, when she buys a ratty broom from an odd old lady at the market, a black cat is thrown into the bargain. But this cat is no ordinary cat: he is Carbonel, a kidnapped Prince of Royal Blood. He has spent his entire life as the witch's minion. Rosemary's purchase broke part of the curse, but there is still a spell of Silent Magic that holds him in bondage. To make things worse, his now-dead father's kingdom is in disarray with cruel usurping alley cats in charge, and Carbonel cannot take his rightful throne as a human's minion. Rosemary and her new friend John set out to solve the mystery and set the cat free by hunting out the artifacts used in the original spell.[return][return]This book is just as magical as when I first read in twenty years ago. I look forward to reading this with my own son in the coming years.

  • Jimmy
    2019-02-24 17:44

    This was a raving good time. I loved all of the characters, and it is consistently funny, well-written, and action packed. I love the way she phrases things, and I also love the way she writes dialog. Every character has a unique voice, and most have a funny way of saying things. I'm so glad this is only the first in a series of 3 novels, because I want to read more about Carbonel, Rosemarie and John.I realize I can't read all the NYRB Classics, so I've a mind to read all the NYRB Children's books instead, since there are considerably less of them. This was only my second in this series, hopefully I'll reach my goal one day!

  • Michael Fitzgerald
    2019-03-03 19:23

    Very nice ordinary magic story, but it seemed a little too long. There was the curious idea of not describing things by saying, "I'm not going to describe this food - just think of the most wonderful meal you can imagine." Quite the opposite of Elizabeth Goudge in The Little White Horse: Collector's Edition where everything gets described in mouthwatering detail.

  • Melody
    2019-02-24 21:39

    I loved this book and am happy to hear it's back in print. My current cat goes by the sobriquet "Huckle, King of All the Cats" and I knew it came from a book, but couldn't remember... here it is. :-)***Re-read 05/2009Carbonel is just as crochety and (shhhh) adorable as I remembered him being. What a wonderful story for cat people everywhere.

  • Amy
    2019-03-22 18:38

    B., age 10: I liked it pretty well but I wish the broom could have lived because it was my favorite character. I want to read the other books in the series.I thought the book was written at a nice pace and featured a good balanced between fantasy and reality. I would have liked it better if Carbonel was a more likable character - but he was really aloof at best and sometimes pretty mean.

  • Amy
    2019-03-25 21:23

    Sunday afternoons reading children's books at my mums house are just proper lovely. Today I chose Carbonel about the Prince of Cats and his adventures with Rosemary and John to free him from a binding Silent Magic spell so he can reclaim his throne. I'm miserable at the moment but this charming little story put a smile on my face this sunny Autumn day.

  • CLM
    2019-02-26 20:36

    A delightful series!

  • Rachael
    2019-03-22 15:36

    I remember loving the Carbonel books as a kid, so I was excited to get this to read with my 7 year old, but it wasn't quite as engaging as I remembered and was a little too slow and old-fashioned to interest my son.. it took us nearly a year to get through!

  • Stacey
    2019-03-17 18:21

    Such a fun, cute story. And of course I'm a sucker for a talking cat.Review originally posted on Reading Autistically. Still in the mood for some classic children's fantasy adventure goodness, I picked this one up. This is the story of Rosemary, a young girl who decides to help out her financially struggling mother by secretly offering her services as a cleaner during her summer holidays. Having bought a broom at the market from a strange old woman, who threw in a beautiful black cat in the bargain, she discovers to her delight that it is a magical witch's broom, and that while holding it she can her the cat speak. He is Carbonel, kidnapped cat royalty, and he needs her help to break the curse upon him.I'd never heard of this until I spotted it randomly and picked it up, intrigued by the lovely cover illustration of a little girl on a flying broom with a black cat, I am after all a sucker for a cat. Carbonel is a really cute story, another that I would have loved as a child, full of adventures as Rosemary, Carbonel and their new friend John, try to track down the various items needed to release him so he can go back and save his people from the sinister ginger cat who has taken over in his absence. This reminded me a little of Enid Blyton, a compliment since I adored her books as a child, and I think this would be a sure fire hit for the same audience. Super adorable, talking cats, flying brooms, magic spells, wacky but very English adventures, what is not to love?

  • Alison
    2019-02-28 18:31

    First published in 1955, it is the story of Rosemary, who lives with her widowed mother in a boarding house. They don't have much money, and Rosemary's mother supplements her pension by taking in sewing. During the summer holidays, while her mother is sewing at the house of the wealthy Mrs Pendlebury Parker, Rosemary decides to set herself up as a cleaner to help out financially. Because she knows she won't be able to take one out of the house, she buys a broom from an untidy looking woman in a market. She buys a cat from the same woman, and is shocked to discover that not only is he a talking cat, but the Prince of Cats, enchanted by the untidy woman- Mrs Cantrip, a witch. Rosemary has broken part of the enchantment, but not all of it, and she and Mrs Pendlebury Parker's nephew, John, set out to break it.This is still a great read. Part of the joy of the book is the freedom that 1950s children had: Rosemary and John buy and cook sausages on a gas ring and take the bus to a local cathedral town to find Mrs Cantrip's cauldron, as well as other unsupervised adventures. Sleigh's descriptions are also a joy; she describes Rosemary's plaits as flapping like "the blades of an old pair of scissors" as she hops up the kerb. Carbonel is in the great tradition of grumpy magical helpers, like E. Nesbit's Psammead. I'd recommend it for guided and independent reading for children aged 8+, and it would be a fantastic book to read to classes of Y3 or 4.

  • osoi
    2019-03-04 13:45

    Я люблю книжки про котиков. Они могут делать в них что угодно (разговаривать, враждовать с другими кланами, детективничать, быть серийными убийцами), я все равно буду упорно про них читать. А эта вот не пошла вообще, и я пытаюсь разобраться почему. Люблю иллюстрации, и подолгу пялюсь на них, когда они встречаются в тексте. Визуализатор, поэтому все прочитанное складывается у меня в голове в картинку. Читаю:— Надень-ка завтра клетчатое платье. К счастью, я его только что выстирала.Смотрю на иллюстрацию – и вижу однотонное розовое платье ._. fail Она детская. Но ведь это не должно мне мешать? Мешает. Своим морализаторством и намеками на "добро порождает еще большее добро". И что после обеда надо мыть посуду. И что на свете бывает только белое и черное, а все остальное – это серая масса побочных персонажей. Главная героиня – слишком хорошая. Ужасающе неправдоподобна. Я не смогла даже близко сопоставить себя с этим персонажем, читала с мыслями "я читаю книжку", а не поселилась в этом мире, как оно обычно бывает. Кот хорош, но зачем нужен был несуразный конец с борьбой за трон? оОМомент, где они наконец варят зелье и делают колдовство, ужасно пресный. Никто не говорит про Гарри Поттера, но вот так безыскусно это обставить оО Ни слова о том, кто владеет колдовством – судя по всему, любой дурак, который вычитает рецепт в старинной книжке. Скууучно.Есть еще две книги как продолжение, но за них вряд ли возьмусь.

  • Deborah
    2019-03-24 19:24

    Another book from the 'discard' pile - but one which has now gone straight back onto my shelves. I never read it as a child but I wish I had - this is a magical book in every sense of the word. I actually shed a tear right at the end (always the sign of a good read) but mostly the book is gently humorous, as we share the unexpected adventures of Rosemary and John, two ordinary children who find themselves doing extraordinary things. Sometimes things go wrong, sometimes they go right, and Rosemary and John deal with it all as any child would - they must be two of the most true-to-life characters in children's literature.This is one of the very best sorts of 'magic' books because all you have to do is go along with the possibility that there is such a thing as magic, and then everything else in the book is completely believable.This is a light, quick read for an adult, and an enjoyable one for a child, and a truly delightful book. The only downside is that now I need to track down the sequels. I'm supposed to be pruning the contents of my bookshelves, not adding to them ...

  • Farhana Sufi
    2019-02-27 15:32

    I read this book when I was 11, found it in the Long-side public library, Manchester, UK. It was an amazing adventure this one, not just because it starred a little girl and her cat, but because the adventures they had were crazy and fun. I have to read it once more. I always wanted to read the sequels, but never found them, now I'll have to look for the e-books.Update on 4th read: 25/08/2017Wow! Finally bought my own copy from thanks to a bookpage in Bangladesh. I am holding this after nearly 25 years! The loveliest things are the illustrations. ♥♥♥♥♥It felt sooooo good to read the parebook! Yeyy!Have ordered the other two sequels which I will receive in September hopefully! (^_^)

  • Kristin
    2019-03-02 21:36

    Carbonel, a witch's cat with the airs of a prince, is saved from a life of servitude by a young girl. The girl, Rosemary, continues to perform more favors for the cat when she enlists the help of John and the two of them endeavor to free Carbonel from his bonds once and for all.This is a pleasant and old-fashioned book that I quite enjoyed. The young heroes encounter very few problems in the story, but the nostalgic charm is what really makes the book worth reading. I'm not sure any kids today (yikes, I sound old) would like this book, but an old soul would probably find it quite endearing.

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-15 21:41

    at the library

  • Sarah
    2019-03-24 14:37

    Part of my "belated British childhood." ;)This book was a lark. It reminded me a little of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, a sentimental favorite. (I had such a crush on that boy!)

  • Fefi
    2019-03-06 14:34

    Ho preso questo librino per caso al supermercato e, leggendolo, mi sono resa conto che è una favola per bambini carina e molto scorrevole.Carbonel è un principe dei gatti intrappolato a far da servitore ad una strega, la quale, un bel giorno, lo vende ad una bambina, Rosemary, che è abbastanza povera e vive sola con la mamma,che fa la sarta alle persone ricche. Il perchè lo acquisti proprio lei è legato ad un'antica profezia felina; il micio è un gatto parlante che si capisce solo se si impugna il manico di scopa magica venduto insieme a lui. Rosemary scopre, ben presto, che Carbonel è costretto da una potente magia a fare da schiavo al padrone e questo incantesimo può essere annullato solo trovando le cose con cui è stato legato (il cappello della strega, il calderone e il libro magico).In questo sarà aiutata da John, nipote del ricco datore di lavoro della mamma, ma molto umile e con cui instaurerà una bella amicizia.Questa avventura per Rosemary rappresenta una ventata di aria fresca nella sua vita e, comunque, porterà un po' di fortuna sia a lei che alla mamma.Lo consiglio a chi vuole raccontare una favola con un pizzico di magia ai bimbi.

  • Karen GoatKeeper
    2019-02-22 21:37

    Rosie needs a broom and goes to an open air market to find one. It's late and most shops have closed. All she can find is an old twig broom. Then she gives three Queen Victoria coins for a big black cat.The broom is a witch's broom. Carbonel is a witch's cat and under a silent magic spell. Rosie is his way to undo the spell so he can reclaim his father's throne as Kind of the Cats.Along the way Rosie and Carbonel team up with John. They seek the hat and cauldron. Along the way they meet many interesting people.This is a very British book but fun for everyone to read. Some of the antics left me laughing. It does reflect life from a previous but modern time in London.The book is a fast, easy read. It is fun and often mildly humorous.

  • Erica
    2019-02-23 16:29

    This is a nearly perfect read-aloud for younger children in a family setting - that is, one-on-one or in small groups of mixed ages, when the listeners are ages 4 to 8 years old. A humble, hardworking, polite, kind girl makes all the right decisions and gets a lovely adventure attempting to break the spell that is binding a talking cat - with the use of a flying broom, and a magic kettle & hat. She gets help from a sweet but clearly secondary boy, and both of them use ingenuity, good instincts, and a ready, willing alacrity to help others. The medium-length chapter book with occasional b&w illustrations does not drag, and wraps up in a very satisfactory way.

  • Helen
    2019-03-13 13:41

    A delightful and very British children's chapter book about a girl and her magic cat. Not weighed down with a lot of morality, the children are allowed to be children, getting cross with one another, subjected to bullies, and playing games in between their adventures to return the cat to his rightful throne. The peril is just enough to keep young readers interested, and some words and phrases American parents and children alike will need to look up, but that's half the fun!

  • Curt Bobbitt
    2019-03-24 14:35

    The characters in this children's storybook all have and act according to conscience. Rosemary, the primary character, behaves generously despite her poverty. She works tirelessly to release the magical cat Carbonel from a spell that enslaves him to her. The fantasy elements of talking animals and magic add an extra dimension.

  • J. Harden
    2019-03-13 15:41

    One of my favorite books as a child. Charming story of a girl, a boy, a cat and magic.

  • Millie
    2019-03-17 18:49

    I loved the book and I would definitely recommend from 8 year olds to about twelve or thirteen years it will be amazing

  • Lisa
    2019-03-16 14:22

    My favorite book when I was nine.

  • Kitty-Lydia Dye
    2019-03-23 14:30

    I’ve never read Carbonel even though I’ve had this book for ten years. I just really liked the book cover, my version is the Puffin one with the Bruce Hogarth cover illustration, and never got around to going past the first page.The story follows young Rosemary when she buy a witch’s broom and talking cat. The cat, Carbonel, is prince of the cat kingdom and he was spirited away as a kitten and placed under a spell which binds him to whoever owns him. He cannot return to his kingdom until the spell is broken. Rosemary and her friend John must find the witch’s hat, broom and cauldron so that they can free Carbonel.I really enjoyed reading Carbonel, it was perfect to take in my bag and read when I was waiting at the bus stop. My favourite character was the snarky Carbonel. This was a nice read even if I am older than the intended audience. I also liked the little rhymes that the characters had to say to perform magic and I can imagine children liking this as well. My version of the book had some illustrations inside by V. H. Drummond and it was hit and miss with them: they’re simple line drawings and while the backgrounds were well drawn the characters were too simplified and sometimes didn’t look right.As Carbonel was published in the 1950s the language used would now be considered old fashioned and reminiscent of Blyton’s Famous Five series. Also, I thought the ending was summed up a bit too neatly. However, I enjoyed reading Carbonel and would give it 4 stars.