Puss in Boots

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When a poor miller dies, he has nothing to leave his son but a cat—but, fortunately, it’s a very smart cat.  With just a pair of boots, a feathered hat, and a cloth bag, the wily Puss changes his master’s luck, transforming him from a peasant into a prince.

John Cech and Bernhard Oberdieck, who created the critically acclaimed Classic Fairy Collection’s version of The Princess and the Pea, have teamed up once again to present a clever and ...

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Overview

When a poor miller dies, he has nothing to leave his son but a cat—but, fortunately, it’s a very smart cat.  With just a pair of boots, a feathered hat, and a cloth bag, the wily Puss changes his master’s luck, transforming him from a peasant into a prince.

John Cech and Bernhard Oberdieck, who created the critically acclaimed Classic Fairy Collection’s version of The Princess and the Pea, have teamed up once again to present a clever and enchanting retelling of one of the oldest fairy tales of all.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Cech's retelling lacks the elements of resourcefulness and quick-wittedness that have made this story so popular for generations. The Puss in traditional versions craftily lures a rabbit into a sack or partridges into snares before presenting them to the king. Here Puss simply steals the food. In the traditional versions, Puss cons an ogre into transforming himself into a mouse, leaps upon him, and eats him. In this telling, the mouse-ogre remains alive in the walls of his own castle, living on cheese that Puss leaves him. The traditional Puss is a tricky braggart. Cech's Puss is namby-pamby, and the stiffly postured figures in Oberdieck's watercolor illustrations fail to invigorate the prose.—Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
The tale of the clever con artist who just happens to be a feline is retold with flair and a knowing wink. Puss devises a plot to empower and enrich his young master that concludes with a happy ending for all, with the possible exception of the ogre. The young master who becomes Lord Fortunato is as much a pawn in Puss's game as any of the others, but he is a willing one. There is no whitewash here: Puss remains the hero in spite of the fact that just about everything he says and does involves deceptions and tricks. Phooey on morals; children have loved this tale of trickery for centuries. Cech employs a mixture of traditional and modern syntax and sensibilities that keeps the action lively and light. Oberdieck's colorful and detailed illustrations perfectly complement the text's style. The settings, costumes and accoutrements evoke a general medieval atmosphere, while the characters' facial expressions often seem knowing and modern. Delicious, naughty fun. (Picture book/folktale. 4-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402744365
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: Classic Fairy Tale Collection Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,371,665
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

John Cech
John Cech writes plays, poetry, and fiction for both children and adults, and is a Professor of English at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is also the Director of the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture and has served as a judge for The New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year, as well as the Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards; was President of the Children’s Literature Association; and won the Chandler Award of Merit for his work in Children’s Literature.
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