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From Barnes & NobleLegendary storyteller Phillip Pullman and award-winning illustrator Ian Beck join forces to retell a classic story. An old miller dies and leaves the mill to his eldest son, the donkey to his middle child, and a cat to the youngest boy. A cat, you say? A cat, indeed. Frustrated that he will have no means to survive without a mill or donkey, Jacques decides to leave town and seek his fortune. But he soon learns that his cat has a unique talent -- he can talk! This smart and witty feline encourages Jacques to put him in charge. Puss promises food and fortune if only he can follow his ingenious plan. Jacques allows him to do so, and the story forges ahead at a heightened pace. Disguising Jacques as the marquis of Carabas so he can meet the king of France's daughter, Puss enables the two to fall in love. Meanwhile, a hungry Ogre, who happened to be the brother's landlord, is feeling a bit queasy. An astrologer claims he needs a wife, and so the hunt begins. And, as fate would have it, the princess is just his type. After a slew of sly and quite humorous moves on Puss's part, Jacques is eventually wed to the princess, and they live "happily ever after".
This fast-paced story is enhanced by busy illustrations from Beck. His attention to detail will pay off for readers interested in raucous good time. Pullman uses a bit of storytelling liberty to embellish the Ogre's role in this tale, which leads to laughs and fun.