The Owl and the Pussycatby Edward Lear, Jan Brett
The owl and pussycat have gone to sea often in the past 100 years, but never in a boat so green, on a sea so blue, into horizons and lands so glowing with color. Artist Erica Rutherford has created beautiful silk-screened images of Edward Lear’s much loved fantasy poem of two unlikely companions and a spare little boat. First published 150 years ago, “The Owl and the Pussycat” is impossible, nonsensical, whimsical, and it is in those very elements that its appeal lies.
- Penguin Young Readers Group
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- 8.75(w) x 10.45(h) x 0.45(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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Meet 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."
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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 !
great little book. flows just right. perfect for bedtime - nice and calming sweet story
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.
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.
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.)
a favorite of mine since I was a child I got this for my niece for xmas
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.
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.