The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat

Board book

By (author) Edward Lear

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  • Publisher: G P Putnam's Sons
  • Format: Board book | 27 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 148mm x 24mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 18 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0399231935
  • ISBN 13: 9780399231933
  • Edition statement: Board Book.
  • Sales rank: 26,110

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-- "Brett sets Lear's beloved poem of courtly nonsense in a lush, brilliantly lit Caribbean landscape.... Here, the land where the bong tree grows looks like the set for an operetta in paradise". -- Booklist, starred review -- "A fresh version of an old story that's filled with intricate details and touches of humor. A hoot and a howl that's sure to make a splash with young romantics". -- School Library Journal, starred review -- "An entrancing picture story". -- Kirkus Reviews, pointer review

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A new entry in the Visions in Poetry series offers readers a sophisticated reimagining of Lear's classic children's poem without losing any of its traditional whimsy in the doing, thanks to playful line-and-watercolor illustrations. This edition sets up the well-known romance with several wordless spreads that reveal Owl's privileged origins in a mansion overlooking the canals of an Old World city, his glimpsing the Bohemian Pussycat literally on the other side of the tracks at a subway stop and, most affectingly, their tete-a-tete at an outdoor cafe in the rain before they begin their famous voyage. Citing Fellini, Mir- and The Yellow Submarine as influences, Jorisch sprinkles startling images throughout, from the carnival masks worn as the lovers sail away, to the cross-dressing Piggy-wig who donates his ring, to the mermaid and other fantastical creatures who attend the wedding celebrations. Like others in this series, this volume offers older readers a new chance to revisit hoary classics and to indulge in the imaginative product of a unique artistic vision. The illustrations' worldliness does nothing to blunt the poem's good humor - just presents new possibilities. Delicious. (Picture book/poetry. 10+) (Kirkus Reviews)