Item description for The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear & Jan Brett...
Overview After a courtship voyage of a year and a day, Owl and Pussy finally buy a ring from Piggy and are blissfully married
Citations And Professional Reviews The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear & Jan Brett has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 457
Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 323
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Studio: Putnam Juvenile
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 8.11" Height: 0.15" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date May 7, 1996
Publisher Putnam Juvenile
ISBN 0698113675 ISBN13 9780698113671 UPC 051488006992
Availability 0 units.
More About Edward Lear & Jan Brett
Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author, and poet who is best known today for his nonsense verse, particularly his limericks. The Owl and the Pussy-cat, which was first published in 1871 as part of Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets, is Lear's most popular work and has been loved by readers of all ages for generations.
Charlotte Voakeis the author-illustrator of Ginger, which was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal; Ginger Finds a Home; and Hello Twins, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year. She is also the illustrator of Charlotte Zolotow's Say It!, Steve Voake's Insect Detectives, and Vivian French's Caterpillar, Caterpillar. She lives in Surrey, England.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Owl and the Pussycat?
Beautifully Illustrated Version of Classic Store Mar 9, 2008
This is a beautifully illustrated version of _The Owl and the Pussycat_. My three-year-old son absolutely loves looking at the whimsical pictures of the fish and other sealife that are abundant in this book. The pictures are done with beautiful colors and have their own story.
The best illustrations James Marshall ever did Aug 1, 2007
What a beautiful version of Edward Lear's poem. I've always been a James Marshall fan, but this book is absolute tops for his illustrations. The colors are glorious, the characters, as his always are, deftly and lovingly handled. I understand that it was his last work, and it's a shame that it is out of print. Buy it, save it, and pass it around.
No honey or money, but you'll find riches anyway May 23, 2007
Jan Brett's Caribbean-inspired illustrations for the classic Edward Lear poem are teeming with life, and the effect is stunning. The colors, textures, and shapes are a visual treat. Each page also has a different pattern of "straw" border, adorned with a different tropical flower.
The pictures overflow with detail, to the point where there's even a sub-story (pardon the pun) involving two yellow fish.
I didn't give it the full 5 stars because the way the text is broken up across spreads makes it difficult to read the poem with any kind of flow, and because some of Brett's admittedly gorgeous illustrations could (and perhaps should) have had more of a connection to the text. For one notable example -- there's no pot of honey on the boat, and we never get a look at the money wrapped up in the five-pound note!
But there's no denying the beauty of the illustrations, and the Caribbean theme works surprisingly well. This is a great book for anyone -- for newcomers to the splendid silliness of the poem as well as for old fans of the poem who are looking for an edition with fabulous illustrations.
tropical children's book May 10, 2007
I have always liked Lear's rhymes, especially this one, but more than the rhyme, it's the illustrations in this version that I like. We live in Florida and all our sub-tropical and tropical flora and fauna is in this book, beautifully illustrated and very recognizable to my 3 year old daughter. Following along with the secondary story of the two damsel fish (I think they're damselfish, but if they're not, the fault is my fish identification skills, not Brett's illustration) is really fun for her too. A bit further south, but still full of recognizable plants for us Floridians, is another of Jan Brett's books, "The Umbrella."
Wonderful Story Nov 3, 2006
I have the Audio CD that Eric Idle did and it was wonderful. I listened to it with my 5 year-old and we both just loved it. He could understand most of what was going on and I could explain the rest. I'll start looking for other versions, too. Like the original poem and the various hardcover book versions. It is a truly charming story with a playful use of words. There is humor of the best kind here: they classic kind with jokes and puns for the adults and kids at the same time (like the old bugs bunny cartoons). I recommed this with NO reservations!