Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

by Stella Gurney, Gerald Kelley, Charles Perrault
     
 


The very popular cat from the animated Shrek film series comes vividly alive in this brand-new book. Scheduled for publication this Fall to coincide with the November 4, 2011 release of the latest Shrek spin-off movie, Puss in Boots, it's the story of a quick-witted, feline--the pet of Peter, a good-natured but shiftless orphan boy. As the…  See more details below

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The very popular cat from the animated Shrek film series comes vividly alive in this brand-new book. Scheduled for publication this Fall to coincide with the November 4, 2011 release of the latest Shrek spin-off movie, Puss in Boots, it's the story of a quick-witted, feline--the pet of Peter, a good-natured but shiftless orphan boy. As the story begins, Peter's father, the village miller, has died, and he has bequeathed his son nothing more than a pet cat. But clever Puss is in fact a blessing in disguise. Puss wastes no time concocting a scheme in which he will go to the royal palace, befriend the king, and convince the king to transform young Peter into a fine nobleman, fit to marry a princess. But first, Peter must give Puss his very best pair of boots. Thus begins a new, funny, and fast-paced rendition of the classic children's adventure. It's retold in this beautifully illustrated edition by Stella Gurney, with Gerald Kelley's dynamic color illustrations on every page. Better yet, the pictures are enhanced with special features that add to the story's excitement. They include--

  • A wheel to turn that sets the watermill in action
  • A flap to open for kids to discover the contents of Puss's sack
  • Another wheel to turn that makes rabbits appear in their holes
  • A flap to open that shows the interior of the royal carriage
  • A miniature booklet recounting the legend of the shape-shifting ogre
  • A tab that opens a flap showing Puss catching the mouse
  • Another tab that unwraps the fine gifts for the king
  • A final pop-up illustration that shows the glorious wedding celebration

    Kids will be delighted as they read this lively new version of a famous fairy tale, and they'll be enchanted by the action-filled illustrations on every page.

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    Kirkus Reviews
    A wooden retelling of Perrault's classic tale, with underwhelming movable parts. Gurney embellishes the original plotline only by furnishing the Ogre with a back story (provided in a very small pasted-in booklet) and bestowing names on the kingdom and most of the characters. Her prose stumbles ("Puss pondered over [sic] the problem of Peter's livelihood"), and her dialogue runs to stilted lines like, "We have seen your idea of work, Peter--it is to sit around all day playing your harmonica and idling." Illustrator Kelley does his best to add plenty of visual panache, crafting painted scenes featuring a swashbuckling ginger puss plainly akin to the scene stealer from Shrek and cleverly manipulating a Disney-esque human cast. Such movable additions as a turn-able water wheel, a pull tab that makes Puss lick his chops after devouring the ogre and even a culminating pop-up wedding tableau are, at best, routine, and they often feel like afterthoughts, enhancing neither the art nor the story. This ageless trickster tale has a nicely subversive message, but this rendition lacks the panache to carry it off. (Pop-up fairy tale. 8-10)

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780764164859
    Publisher:
    Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
    Publication date:
    10/01/2011
    Pages:
    24
    Product dimensions:
    9.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.70(d)
    Age Range:
    7 - 11 Years

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