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A treasured part of my childhood memories A fantasy novel that like so many other juvenile offerings of this genre is superior to most of what is available for adult readers. It s clearly an early work, and its rough around the edges, it s a fair enough read, but as with other books I have read by Aiken, you do have to work hard to maintain that interest level. This is a charming children s book from 1960, very much the old fashioned sort of story with a talking cat and a quest to save a kingdom and some exciting adventures with sweet set pieces mixed in I read somewhere it was Aiken s first novel, written at 17, and I would believe it, but it does not detract. The Kingdom and the Cave is lovely imaginative story about a true prince, a sarcastic cat, and their loyal friends who risk everything to save their kingdom from destruction The cat, Mickle, was my favorite Find it at the Giddings Public Library under JF AIK Miss Taylor Great fun Mickel and Michael both get crowned in the end, but what a madcap adventure they have in getting there Prince Michael learns the universal language for talking with all creatures great and small so he, his cat Mickel, a water rat, a horse, ravenswhy even a bat all pitch in to defend their Kingdom from the Under People I especially loved the giant earthworms as mighty under world steeds This madcap fantasy is proof that Joan Aiken was born to write, given she was seventeen Great fun Mickel and Michael both get crowned in the end, but what a madcap adventure they have in getting there Prince Michael learns the universal language for talking with all creatures great and small so he, his cat Mickel, a water rat, a horse, ravenswhy even a bat all pitch in to defend their Kingdom from the Under People I especially loved the giant earthworms as mighty under world steeds This madcap fantasy is proof that Joan Aiken was born to write, given she was seventeen when she wrote The Kingdom and the Cave My favorite book by Joan Aiken, that I ve read so far A lovely imaginative story with a strong spine of realism The sarcastic cat, Mickle, was my favorite I read this so long ago that I only remember bits and pieces of it s plot But I do remember the excitement and tangy twist that the fantastical world felt like And Mickle I do remember Mickle How delightful he was A fantasy book We went to the library book sale I had to see the books I bought for 10 year old daughter were any good The animals talk to the little prince and they work together to save the kingdom. Written when Joan Aiken was seventeen, this charming and light hearted fantasy novel relates how the kingdom of Astalon was saved from the invading forces of the Under People through the efforts of young Prince Michael, Mickle the palace cat, the wise horse Minerva, and a host of other helpful animals.An excellent book for young readers with a taste for anthropomorphic animal fantasy, The Kingdom and the Cave is an engaging story I was delighted to discover that Aiken includes an intelligent ra Written when Joan Aiken was seventeen, this charming and light hearted fantasy novel relates how the kingdom of Astalon was saved from the invading forces of the Under People through the efforts of young Prince Michael, Mickle the palace cat, the wise horse Minerva, and a host of other helpful animals.An excellent book for young readers with a taste for anthropomorphic animal fantasy, The Kingdom and the Cave is an engaging story I was delighted to discover that Aiken includes an intelligent rat named Professor Nicodemus in her story, and found myself wondering whether this was an inspiration for Robert C O Brien, whose own animal fantasy novel for children, Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH , included an important rat character by that nameAs Aiken was born in 1924, this novel would have been written in 1941, although I believe that it first saw print in 1960, published by Abelard Schuman of London O Brien s book was first published in 1971, so it is possible that his choice was a tribute to Aiken If not, it must rank as one of those happy cases of serendipitous synchronicity ^READ KINDLE ↙ The Kingdom and the Cave ⇯ Joan Aiken s first published children s novel, written originally when she was Mickle, the Palace cat finds a mysterious message telling of a threat to the Kingdom of Astalon by the Under People Prince Michael is helped by Mickle and his other animal friends Minerva the horse, Prince Nicodemus the water rat and many , to rescue the King and Queen from danger when he learns the Universal Animal Language and joins his friends in battles and magic ceremonies to defeat the enemy