Barbara Sleigh (1906--1982) is the author of Carbonel: The King of The Cats (The New York Review Children's Collection, 2004) and its two sequels, The Kingdom of Carbonel and Carbonel and Calidor (to be published by The New York Review Children's Collection in 2010). She worked for the BBC's Children's Hour.
Besides being a well-known illustrator of children's books, Richard Kennedy (1910--1989) worked in oils and watercolors. He went to work for Leonard and Virginia Woolf at their embryonic Hogarth Press in 1926, at the age of sixteen, and was propelled into Bloomsbury life. He is the author of A Boy at Hogarth Press, an illustrated diary of his years there.
"A delightful story for those who like impossible things to happen in a humdrum world...The children are lively, the grown-ups (including the witch) colorful and the mingling of magic and reality is most effective." -The New York Times
"The Carbonel books are excellent, imbued with wonder, dry humor, and practicality in equal measure, as well as a clear-eyed and sometimes sardonic love of cats... The moment when Cat Country first made itself known in The Kingdom of Carbonel gave me a flash of wonder, of entering into a larger world. Books that do this are to be cherished." --Pamela Dean, author of The Secret Country "The magic is potent in The Kingdom of Carbonel...As told in Barbara Sleigh's graceful, humorous manner it seems only right and natural that those two English children, Rosemary and John, should again meet Mrs. Cantrip, that retired witch who still can't resist dabbling in mischief and that hey should champion their old friend the black cat whose kingdom is threatened and whose wife and kittens are in grave danger. The children have some very worthwhile experiences including trips in an airborne rocking chair (very bumpy), an accident with an invisibility spell and the challenge of Mrs. Cantrip's Minuscule Magic powder." -The New York Times