Barbara Sleigh (1906-1982) worked for the BBC Children's
Hour and is the author of Carbonel and two sequels: The
Kingdom of Carbonel and Carbonel and Calidor.
V. H. Drummond (1911-2000) was a British author and illustrator whose books included Phewtus the Squirrel and Mrs. Easter's Parasol.
"A truly bewitching story reminiscent of Alice in
Wonderland." --New York Journal American
"The Carbonel books are excellent stories, imbued with wonder and practicality in equal measure, dry humor, and a clear-eyed and sometimes sardonic love of cats. They have a healthy interest in food and a ruthless interest in the logical working-out of the implications of magic...These books have moved me to laughter and tears." --Pamela Dean
"Magic and everyday life blend smoothly in this highly enjoyable fantasy, perfect for reading aloud." --Terri Schmitz, The Horn Book A delightful fantasy of real literary merit. When Rosemary acquired a black cat and an old broom, she thought she had a pet and a means of earning money for widowed mother. But Carbonel was magic, and at his behest she set out to acquire a witch's hat, pot and spell to disenchant him. How she does this will enthrall children. A must for all libraries. --Library Journal A delightfully amusing story. --Parents Magazine