THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT by Julia Donaldson

THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT

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Age Range: 2 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Newlyweds Owl and Pussy-cat are ready for another adventure in this continuation of Edward Lear’s classic poem.

Picking up the Owl and the Pussy-cat’s story immediately following their nuptials, Donaldson’s new tale involves a crow’s theft of the Pussy-cat’s wedding ring and the couple’s acquisition of a hot air balloon in which to search for the thief. Freedom from the narrative constraints of Lear’s original work enables her to maintain the style of his original verse while introducing a host of new characters, including a Pobble with no toes, glove-knitting Doves, and a Dong with a brightly shining Nose. Though not as well-defined as the original cast, the new additions are whimsically illustrated by Voake, whose ink-and-watercolor drawings aptly convey both the Owl’s and the Pussy-cat’s sorrow at losing the ring and their adventurous spirits during the journey to recover it. Best of all, her renderings of the protagonists highlight their abiding love. The endpapers in particular set the tone of the new story and express to readers the difference between initial romance and married love. Using only soft blue hues, she depicts the married couple in a heart surrounded by birds and balloons, indicating that their love is unvarying and soaring.

An enjoyable piece that will entice readers back to the original tale (conveniently re-illustrated by Voake and publishing simultaneously). (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Jan. 3rd, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-7636-9081-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2016




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