The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man
The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man.jpg
Cover of the first edition
Author Lloyd Alexander
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy novel
Published E. P. Dutton, 1973
Media type Print
Pages 107

The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man (1973) is a children's comic fantasy novel by Lloyd Alexander.


Lionel, a housecat given the power of speech by the magician Stephanus, begs his master to turn him into a man. After many objections concerning the depravity of humans, Stephanus relents; and the transformed Lionel begins his adventures to town of Brightford. The mayor and his officers are plaguing Brightford with capricious rule and economic hardship. The mayor is especially covetous of the inn belonging to Gillian, with whom Lionel begins a rocky friendship. Lionel becomes entangled in the struggles of Brightford, and escalates the conflicts between the mayor and the people, while falling in love with Gillian as he becomes more and more human.