Curious proportions here. The flying machine is caught under the cat’s fangs, so is presumably at the same distance as the man standing astride the cat’s nose. Which makes the pilots of said flying machine very small.
I’m so pleased this edition is complete and unabridged. I would hate to think anything had been cut out. Also very pleased that it has satisfied the highest standards of the critical literary community… in Springfield.
Who says we’re in space? Cats, eagles, vikings and helicopters all need air, so obviously we are on Earth or somewhere similar.
If you placed this book on a turntable, the spiral in the background would become dangerously hypnotic. (Assumes that the turntable is switched on; that the centre of the spiral is placed co-axial with the centre of the turntable; that the book is placed face up; and that you watch it for minutes at a time.)
Yeah, the cat’s bite doesn’t make sense given the apparent length of the VTOL craft. Neither do the cat’s eyes. It’s pupils would be BIG if it was seeing and seizing prey. There’s more than one experience of dissonance when looking at this cover.
And the sad part is, the illustrator couldn’t even be bothered to draw the right kind of eagle . . .
Also, the very idea of an abridged edition is disturbing. Like most of Norton’s novels, this one is sufficiently short that any cuts would create a book of appropriate length for semi-literate sixth-graders.