and Other Feline Fairy Tales
Faber & Faber, Boston and London, 1993, hardcover and softcover.
Sterling Publishing (Barnes
& Noble Publishing), New York City, 2009,
in Japanese as
Soshisha, Tokyo, Japan,
cats, bewitched cats, enterprising cats, lovelorn
cats: The King of the Cats presents thirty-six
cat fairy tales from around the world that
celebrate feline intelligence, intuition, and
Beginning with a thirteenth-century fairy tale, the colorful fiction and fables in The King of the Cats range across six hundred years and fifteen countries. Authors including Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, Washington Irving, and Rudyard Kipling are represented with stories alongside cat tales from the folk traditions of Europe, India, Japan, Persia, North Africa, North America, and Scandinavia.
Here are stories of Puss in Boots, Dick Whittington's cat, and other famous felines, including the King of the Cats himself. With them are tales of cats who live in palaces of their own; cats who outwit ogres, witches, and magicians; cats who are really princesses in disguise; cats who talk themselves out of trouble; and cats who, over and over again, use their wisdom, cunning, guile, and charm to save the day for their human companions.