Book Review: The Owl and the Pussycat

Rating: ★★★★☆

Edward Lear’s classic rhyme comes to sparking life in Jan Brett’s lively and original interpretation.  It opens with a charming scene with Pussycat’s parents looking on fondly, while Owl kneels before her, she regarding him with an enigmatic look.  The courtship proceeds over glassy seas with idyllic views above and below water, and even children who are romantic nature of the story will wish they could visit “the place where the bong-tree grows.”

Brett’s illustrations are lush, vibrant, and rich in detail, and in keeping with her style, there is a visual sub-plot in the budding romance between the fish held in the bowl between Pussy’s paws, and another swimming below the boat.  Young children may not ordinarily sit still for this poem, with its archaic language and grown-up theme; but this version makes it easily accessible and eminently enjoyable.

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Publication Information: Lear, Edward. Owl and the Pussycat, The. Brett, Jan (Illustrator). Putnam. 1996. ISBN: 0698113675.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04
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Posted on February 15, 2011

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