THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT by Edward Lear

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT

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Age Range: 10 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

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 tête-à-tête at an outdoor café in the rain before they begin their famous voyage. Citing Fellini, Miró 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+)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-55337-828-0
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Kids Can
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2007




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