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The Owl and the Pussycat [Jorisch] by Edward…

The Owl and the Pussycat [Jorisch]

by Edward Lear

Other authors: Stéphane Jorisch (Illustrator)

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After a courtship voyage of a year and a day, Owl and Pussy finally buy a ring from Piggy and are blissfully married.



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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. ( )
  thornton37814 | Aug 13, 2011 |
The poem, “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear, was first published in 1871. An owl and a pussycat fall in love. The mismatched lovers have to sail away to escape from people’s gossip and their embarrassing glances. They decide to get married once they have a ring. After a romantic voyage of one year and one day, they arrive on an exotic island where a piggy-wig sells a ring to them, and a turkey married them. They dine on mince and dance on the sand in the moonlight. The owl and the pussycat have shown their magic true love.

With a sense of melancholy, the tone of the poem is sweet and joyful. Lullaby-like rhymes give readers memorable verse and delightful beat. Also, the poem provides readers with luxurious imagination: a pea green boat, the land where the bong-tree grows, and various settings for their wanderings.

The wonderful illustrations, by Stephane Jorisch, will ignite the imagination of readers. Also, the illustrations go beyond the words to show how people look at them and gossip about them which rich the text. ( )
1 vote xubibliobug | Nov 20, 2010 |
The tale of a cat and an owl and how they meet, go on a long trip, get engaged and then get married. Very strange anthropomorphic story with gossip and romance twisted in the story-line.
I thought the story was a bit twisted, but I was really confused and thought it was strange. Nothing overly special about this story that has appealed to me.
Winner of the 'Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor Book'.
  KrysReads | Oct 17, 2010 |
In this classic poem the Owl and the Pussycat sail away together on a little green boat and get married in a far away land. ( )
  iclairei | Dec 1, 2009 |
Beautiful illustrations add to the poem and give a different intrepretation of the story. Stephane Jorisch gives the poem a new twist with his illustrations. The characters are set in a town that frowns upon the owl/pussycat relationship so they put on masks and escape. The story has a contemporary feeling to it. ( )
  torontoc | Aug 5, 2007 |
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Jorisch, StéphaneIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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