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Time Cat by Lloyd Alexander

Time Cat (1963)

by Lloyd Alexander

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This is the book that time and time again makes me want to be a writer. There's something about the story that Alexander crafts... it certainly isn't the main characters, for they are simple (as, in a children's book, they should be). I think part of it is the history, and part of it is the magic. Alexander is known for his Black Cauldron series, but like any good writer, he continues to shine in other areas as well. Time Cat is no exception. Alexander plays with the idea that a cat does have nine lives, but these aren't lifetimes... they are nine different worlds wherein a cat can live. From Egypt, to Ireland, to Imperial China and back around again, each world that Gareth and Jason visit has a magic of its own. ( )
  Morteana | Jan 30, 2016 |
A fun little time travel book about a cat who has the power to enter into different time portals and brings along his owner and friends. Get's a little repetative at times with the lessons and stories they show with each journey, but still a very fun and awesome premise. Who doesn't love time traveling cats who can talk? 6th-8th graders would love this book! ( )
  gracelovera | Nov 17, 2015 |
Fun but a bit repetitive. The place, time and people change with each visit by Jason and his cat, but the moral lessons are pretty similar and not that subtly conveyed. Still good as a light read-aloud story for bedtime, though, and it did inspire us to do a little historical research. Who knew there was a legend about the Manx cat coming from the Spanish Armada? ( )
  bostonian71 | Apr 13, 2014 |
Rather disappointing; inferior to the Prydain series. Nice concept that a boy is taken by his cat to visit 9 different past time from ancient Egypt to Colonial America, but the stories are rather repetitious. ( )
  antiquary | Sep 28, 2013 |
3.5 stars

Jason has a black cat (Gareth), who Jason discovers can time travel! Gareth can travel to different times and places and decides to take Jason along with him to a few different places. Along the way, Jason (and the people they visit in the various times and places) learns a little bit about cat behaviour.

I enjoyed it. I will admit that I've been quite distracted while reading some parts of it, so I did lose concentration (and miss things) occasionally. I really did enjoy the parts I paid more attention to, though. It's a little bit like short stories, as each time/place had about two chapters apiece before they moved on. It was originally published in 1963, but my edition was published in 2003 and included a short, but interesting author's note. ( )
  LibraryCin | Jun 23, 2013 |
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Keith, RonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sokol, BillCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For the kittens and grand-kittens of Tiger, Flo - and Gisele
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Gareth was a black cat with orange eyes.
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Gareth's definitely no ordinary cat. For one thing, he can talk. For another, he's got the power to travel through time. And the instant he tells this to Jason, the two of them are in ancient Egypt, on the first of nine amazing adventures that Jason will never forget.

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Jason and his magic cat Gareth travel through time to visit countries all over the world during different periods of history.

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