THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT by Edward Lear

THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT

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Age Range: 2 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Edward Lear’s famous lovers sail away for a year and a day in this lushly illustrated picture-book edition.

Voake’s signature pen-and-watercolor style works perfectly with Lear’s prose, enabling her to pay homage to the original tale while also constructing a whimsical world all of her own making. Deft use of double-page spreads allows for illustration of small moments not explicitly stated in the poem, such as the purchase of the pea-green boat that takes the Owl and the Pussy-cat away to their new life and the search for the Piggy-wig from whom they purchase the wedding ring. The soft color palette, with soothing shades of green and blue in the sea and delicate pinks evoking the late-afternoon sky, creates a dreamlike quality that makes this version ideal for bedtime. Voake’s light, capable pen strokes conjure the bustling activity of the seaport from which the lovers embark and the gorgeous tropical island populated with all races of people where they finally marry. Most affecting, however, are the spreads on the sea, when the Owl and the Pussy-cat are alone beneath a blanket of stars. While children may overlook the loving glances exchanged between the animals, adults reading along are sure to notice them and smile with remembrance.

An endearing version that appeals to children and adults alike. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Jan. 3rd, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-7636-9080-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2016




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