Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

by Charles Eulalia Valeri, Conxita Rodriquez

An enterprising cat—with only a bag, a pair of boots, and some audacity—arranges for his owner, a poor farmer, to marry a princess and live happily every after.

This charming series retells classic fairy tales with bright illustrations and a clever tone. The stories in the Little Pebbles series have been adpated for children today while repecting the

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An enterprising cat—with only a bag, a pair of boots, and some audacity—arranges for his owner, a poor farmer, to marry a princess and live happily every after.

This charming series retells classic fairy tales with bright illustrations and a clever tone. The stories in the Little Pebbles series have been adpated for children today while repecting the richness and flavor of the original versions. The small size of the books and their warm, inviting illustrations will appeal to children. In addition, children will love the game page at the end of each book, and they will want to read all the books in the series.

Other Details: 43 full -color illustrations 32 pages 6 1/2 x 6 1/2" Published 1998

"A lively interpretation of the Perrault fairy tale." —France Today

Author Biography: Charlotte Roederer has illustrated more than seven children's books, including Abbeville's Goldilocks and the Three Bears, also in a the Little Pebbles series. In 1996 she was on the judging committee for the Jerôme Main Prize for children's illustrations. She lives in France.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lewis and Eidrigevicius here take on a more familiar tale than in their Johnny Longnose , and they give it a distinctly adult look. Lewis's translation of the Perrault classic is smooth and accessible, but Eidrigevicius's trademark surreal paintings are uniformly overcast, even murky. Though some of the illustrations are dramatic (e.g., the cat's paw extends into one frame to grab a rabbit) and others wryly amusing (a shirt forms the river that Puss's master swims in), the somber tone seems at odds with the story, in which ingenuity triumphs. This enterprise is aimed at a group far different than that addressed by the Fred Marcellino version--and one of which few children will be members. Ages 5-8. (May)
Children's Literature - Wendy Mann
The unique illustrations of Hans Fisher bring this new version of an old favorite to life. Fisher adds interesting special sections about Puss' trouble walking in boots, his fearfulness of the old magician and his use of frightening faces. The artwork offers readers the opportunity to view the work of a well-known Swiss illustrator while enjoying a timeless classic.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Inspired by a tale that has delighted readers for 300 years, Marcellino provides a visual feast in this picture book. Clever Puss helps his young master succeed in fooling a rich man and even wins his daughter's hand in marriage. Gorgeous gold-toned illustrations of the French Court and countryside fill every spread. 1991 Caldecott Honor Book, 1991 Notable Children's Book.
Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-This version is particularly accessible to the youngest readers while maintaining the integrity of the story. It is narrated in a straightforward manner, without embellishments, and the scarier elements are softened, e.g., Puss wins the castle from a magician rather than an ogre. Children may question whether he deserves his unfortunate fate, but the illustrations suggest that perhaps he is not the nicest magician on the block. In the end, the resourceful cat is forbidden to tell any more lies "...and so (like all Ministers of State) he never told anything but the truth." While older readers will appreciate the tongue-in-cheek humor, the illustrations, rendered in strong clear colors, are the highlight here. Puss's red boots are particularly snazzy, but, throughout, Lunelli balances soft muted tones with splashes of vivid yellow, green, and blue. His remarkable use of light and shadow give an overall sunny cast to the book. The smooth narrative and bright, attractive pictures make this a good choice for read-alouds. Older children may prefer Fred Marcellino's more sophisticated illustrations (Farrar, 1990), but Lunelli's style should appeal to them as well.-Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Clever Puss is back, but he's a very different feline from the one found in Marcellino's Caldecott Honor book (Farrar, 1990). The text, ably translated by Lewis, is immediately familiar and, like the Marcellino edition, reads like a traditional fairy tale. It is Eidrigevicius's dark and somber illustrations that make this such a striking book. His flat, eerily symbolic pictures, while artistically intriguing, are also deeply disturbing. The unique style, filled with ``brooding figures and enigmatic landscapes,'' worked beautifully in Johnny Longnose (1990) and The Hungry One (1993, both North-South), but here it creates a visual interpretation that seems ill-suited to Perrault's elegant, acerbic tale. Fans of the artist will no doubt welcome this effort, and libraries with comprehensive folk and fairy-tale collections will want to add it for its unusual artistic vision. Libraries interested in more traditional treatments will find Marcellino's version still their best bet.-Linda Boyles, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL
Carolyn Phelan
Of the many recent editions of Perrault's conniving cat tale, this ranks as the strangest. Following her brief, scholarly introduction, Lewis' translation of the text is graceful, readable, and concise. The artwork, however, seems disconnected from the story to the point that, separated from the title and text, only two or three of the dozen paintings would be recognizable as Puss-in-Boots illustrations. While the artist's rather menacing, inscrutable vision may be a valid interpretation of the story, few parents or teachers would choose this version to read aloud to primary-grade children, given the excellent editions already on the shelves. However, the dark, enigmatic scenes could intrigue older children enough that they will compare how the same events are interpreted by different artists. Recommended for libraries with a call for different interpretations of the same tale.
Publishers Weekly
Lush illustrations will draw readers into this gently funny adaptation of Perrault’s story, part of the publisher’s World Classics series, about the youngest of three sons lucking his way into a wife and a castle. Kim pictures the son’s inherited cat as a gray tabby with ornate red boots, shrewd facial expressions, and claws that mean business (when the cat threatens to bite and scratch field workers if they don’t tell the king who they work for, there’s little doubt he’ll make good on the threat). There’s a hint of Bruegel to Kim’s rural landscapes, as well as some understated humor—the supposedly fierce giant who owns the fields and castle the cat steals is first seen reclining lazily on a carpet, smoking a hookah. Simultaneously available: Rapunzel, The Wolf and the Seven Kids, Thumbelina, and The Emperor’s New Clothes. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)

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Silver Burdett Press
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Tell Me a Story Series
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

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