Puss in Boots: The Adventures of That Most Enterprising Feline

Puss in Boots: The Adventures of That Most Enterprising Feline

by Philip Pullman, Ian Beck
     
 

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Here's what the old miller left his sons when he died: To his oldest son, the mill. To his middle son, the donkey. To his youngest son, Jacques,the cat. A fine cat, indeed, but still, just a cat.
Luckily, as Jacques discovers, Puss is no ordinary kitty. He's smart. He can talk. And he is quite a snappy dresser. He's also planned an exciting future for… See more details below

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Here's what the old miller left his sons when he died: To his oldest son, the mill. To his middle son, the donkey. To his youngest son, Jacques,the cat. A fine cat, indeed, but still, just a cat.
Luckily, as Jacques discovers, Puss is no ordinary kitty. He's smart. He can talk. And he is quite a snappy dresser. He's also planned an exciting future for Jacques-one that involves a princess and a very large fortune.
Master storyteller Philip Pullman and prizewinning illustrator Ian Beck team up in this witty retelling, which sparkles with humor and adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Pullman does not alter the tone or general plot of the traditional tale, but retells it with added zest, creating many fresh details and lively conversations. Of course, the clever feline outwits the ogre, bringing about the happy ending where his master marries the princess and he can relax and snooze in the sun. Beck also maintains the sensibilities of the 17th century, with a theatrical broadside on the jacket and period costumes and accessories throughout. His multi-stroke black lines and transparent colors produce animated pictures, large and small, which hop, skip and jump across the pages, interweaving themselves with blocks of text and frequent speech balloons, in this rousing, humorous, expanded version. 2001 (orig. 2000), Alfred A. Knopf, $16.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Pullman embroiders the original Perrault tale by giving the ogre more personality and prestige than in the original, by including two mysteries that Puss and his master must solve and rescuing the princess from the Ogre's lair (for a tidy three tasks). Beck's busy pictures are awash in detail, squiggly borders, textured colors, dialogue balloons enclosing script (which will be difficult for some beginning readers to decipher), and page divisions that give the exuberant but orderly telling a frenetic look. In the original, Puss and his married master merely join the King's entourage, but Pullman has the trio living in the now-defunct Ogre's palace where they "were happy ever after, once they'd cleaned it up." While this variant on the classic tale isn't as elegant or concise either in the telling or the pictures as Fred Marcellino's version (Farrar, 1990) or as controlled in its humor and viewability as Paul Galdone's (Clarion, 1983), the text is funny and hip enough to attract older readers who might have missed the story the first time, and it will entertain younger listeners as well.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
With characters supplying punch lines and side commentary in Beck's vigorously inked cartoon illustrations, Pullman briskly reworks Perrault's tale of an orphaned miller's son who, thanks to a quick-witted feline companion, sets a new standard for rapid upward mobility. Though several incidents drawn from other folktales have been interpolated, the cat still does most of the work, pulling strings behind the scenes to help young Jacques, posing as the Marquis of Carabas, to meet the King of France's daughter, then to pass a pair (or a trio, according to the picture) of insomniac ghouls (" �If we can't sleep . . . we'll take all your bones out through your nose and play pick-up-sticks with 'em . . . ' ") in order to rescue her from a wonderfully snaggle-toothed, coarse-featured ogre. The author sets his renowned gift for breathlessly paced storytelling at full throttle, and the result, at once briefer and broader than Fred Marcellino's urbane version (1990), will leave younger audiences enthralled. (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780552546195
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
11/30/2001
Edition description:
NEW
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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