The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat

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Owl sets out to woo Pussycat in a boat laden with fruit from their Caribbean island and with a guitar at his side, ready for serenading.
As they sail off across the sea, another story unfolds in the water beneath the boat. One by one, exotic sea creatures swim into the picture and small yellow fish seems to be looking for someone.
Jan Brett brings the magic of the Caribbean to her exquisitely detailed illustrations of Edward Lear’s charming poem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525515302
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/14/1991
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 32
File size: 49 MB
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Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

What People are Saying About This

Roger Ebert

“Anne Mortimer’s illustrations are a magical companion to Lear’s immortal whimsy.”

From the Publisher

"Galdone uses his imagination to extend Lear's ideas, creating a memorable version suitable for the youngest." Kirkus Reviews

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The Owl and the Pussycat 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
gramieGF More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful visual twist on the original poem... There are lots of new things to discover in addition to the well loved characters. Thus, whether read aloud, read alone, or sung to little ones it is both a venture along well remembered paths of verse and an intriguing contemporary adventure !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great little book. flows just right. perfect for bedtime - nice and calming sweet story
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is beautifully illustrated. It brings new life to an old classic through its small touches. Note the seashells and flowers that change in the borders on each page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We love this book. We got it origanally from the library, but finally purchased our own copy. It's fun for us as parents to read, and it's fun for the family to look at. We could look at it again and again. The pictures are so beautiful, yet whimsical at the same time. Plus, as parents we love the sweet humor behind both words and pictures.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember reading Edward Lear's rhymes back in elementary school and enjoying them. This edition of a children's book has nice illustrations, but they may be a bit too adult for younger readers.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pure silliness, should read more Edward Lear-one of the last books James Marshall illustrated, afterword by Maurice Sendak.
ebruno on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is based off of Edward Lear's poem. It tells of an unsual couple who are looking for a ring so they can get married.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Marshall's last book. A different sort of feel to the illustrations. A lot of fun, but I like the Jan Brett version better.CMB
landrover More than 1 year ago
everyone should know this by heart. It is easy. Everyone should also know what a Runcible spoon is. (Macys doesn't have it - or have a clue what it is.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a favorite of mine since I was a child I got this for my niece for xmas
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
There are many illustrated version of Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat -- some are so breathtakingly gorgeous but lack the silliness of this story, some are cartoony and have no depth, and some are so deep they tread some very disturbing waters -- so far, though, this is my favorite version. Jan Brett's illustrations, as always are colorful, well-rendered and quite lovely; and, as usual, somewhat jarring. That's what makes them so perfect for Edward Lear. Edward Lear's writings fall somewhere between Beatrix Potter and Hilaire Belloc.  On the surface, they are silly with a rhyming scheme pleasing to the ear. But scratch a little below that surface and there is something a little "off" in his work. All was not safe in Potter's world -- Peter Rabbit's father was turned into a stew -- but there was a happy ending for the protagonist. Reading Belloc can still give me nightmares. There is no safety in Lear's writing, no guarantee of a happy ending, but it is thought-inducing, not nightmare-inducing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I placed an order with B&N online for the Owl and the Pussycat calendar in June and still have not received it. I charged it on my credit card and had hoped to have received it by now as a gift for a birthday present in the middle of July. I am still waiting and hope that it will be here soon. Please let me know. Thank you.