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Puss in Boots
     

Puss in Boots

by Charles Perrault, Paul Galdone (Illustrator)
 

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By outwitting an evil giant and gaining a fortune for a poor young man, the resourceful Puss in Boots proves himself the Master Cat of them all. "It is pure Perrault, pure Galdone, and children will love it." -- School Library Journal, starred review

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By outwitting an evil giant and gaining a fortune for a poor young man, the resourceful Puss in Boots proves himself the Master Cat of them all. "It is pure Perrault, pure Galdone, and children will love it." -- School Library Journal, starred review

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In Fischer's 1958 version of Charles Perrault's Puss in Boots, trans. by Anthea Bell, playful asides stress the engaging side of Puss's character; these include Puss struggling to walk upright in boots and practicing intimidating faces in front of a mirror. ($15.95 ISBN 1-55858-642-3, Oct.)
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.
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.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-With the excellent versions of this story available, notably those by Fred Marcellino (Farrar, 1990) and Alain Vaes and Lincoln Kirstein (Little, 1992), this current effort is sadly lacking. The classic story of the clever cat who brings his young master riches and happiness through goodhearted trickery is not well served by the artist's eye-catching but regrettably unpolished interpretation. Though Bell's text is clear, energetic, and readable, Thomas's hectic, overly bright illustrations are off-putting. It's a shame, since Bell's retellings are always worth reading.-Jennifer Fleming, Boston Public Library
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.
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"It is pure Perrault, pure Galdone, and children will love it." School Library Journal, Starred
Children's Literature - Michele Hughes
A miller divides his property between three sons, leaving the youngest with only a cat. Puss tells the dejected young man that if he will provide red leather boots and a sack with a cord, he will never be unhappy again. Outfitted thusly, Puss traps a rabbit and presents it to the King as a gift from the Marquis of Carabas. He subsequently catches two partridges and two trout, each time presenting them to the grateful King from his master. Puss arranges for his master to be swimming in the river as the King rides by. Puss hails the King and claims the Marquis has been robbed of his clothes, so the King provides a fine suit for him, inviting him to ride in the coach with him and his beautiful daughter. Puss runs ahead and threatens haymakers working in the field, so that when the King passes by they say they work for the Marquis of Carabas. Puss then threatens the reapers to make them do likewise. Finally, Puss enters a Giant’s house ahead of the coach and tricks him into transforming into a mouse, which Puss promptly eats. The cat greets the travelers on behalf of the Marquis. The King gives the miller’s son permission to propose marriage to the Princess, and they marry that same afternoon. Puss leads the dances in his red leather boots, and they all live happily ever after. Part of the “Folk Tale Classics” series, this tale of trickery and social ascent is illustrated with an ornately drawn pen and wash watercolor technique, a favorite of Galdone. Illustrations vary between full-page, vignettes, and two-page spreads. Lively images and characters’ expressive faces will engage and delight readers who can put aside the questionable ethics of the miller’s son’s tricky ascent. Reviewer: Michele Hughes; Ages 4 to 8.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442050983
Publisher:
Baker & Taylor, CATS
Publication date:
07/10/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Galdone was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1907 and emigrated to the United States in 1928. After finishing his studies at the Art Student League and the New York School of Industrial Design, Mr. Galdone worked in the art department of a major publishing house. There he was introduced to the process of bookmaking, an activity that was soon to become his lifelong career. Before his death in 1986, Mr. Galdone illustrated almost three hundred books, many of which he himself wrote or retold. He is fondly remembered for his contemporary style, bright earthy humor, and action-filled illustrations, which will continue to delight for generations to come.

Joanna C. Galdone is the author of many children’s books, including The Tailypo: A Ghost Story, and the daughter of acclaimed author and illustrator Paul Galdone.
 

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