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The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat

Fall 2007 Poetry
Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Tara Walker
Illustrator: Stephane Jorisch
Publisher: Kids Can Press
ISBN: 9781554532322
Hardcover Price: $9.95
Review:
"The Owl / and the Pussycat / went to sea / in a beautiful pea-green boat..." These lines open Edward Lear’s classic children’s poem, "The Owl and the Pussycat," happily re-issued as a picture book for a modern audience. While Lear’s whimsical tale is familiar to previous generations, this particular version, part of the publishers Visions in Poetry series, is designed specifically for readers who have been raised on television, computers, and contemporary art. The story is as enchanting as ever, as we follow the animal couple through their wedding and reception, as "hand in hand, / on the edge of the sand, / they danced by the light / of the moon." But what sets this book apart from earlier illustrated versions are Stephane Jorisch’s pencil, ink, watercolor and Photoshop embellishments. In a biographical note at the end of the book, we learn that Jorisch was inspired in part by Lear’s own drawings, but also by such diverse sources as Fellini films, Joan Miro paintings, and The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. This is a gorgeously illustrated book that should appeal to readers young and old.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.


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