The Owl and the Pussycatby Joanna C. Galdone, James Cross Giblin, Paul Galdone, Edward Lear
Lear's nonsense classic about the unlikely romance between a pussycat and an owl. This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Read-Aloud Poetry).
Gr 5 Up
This striking entry in an aptly named series envisions a darker subtext to Lear's well-known poem. Jorisch consulted Lear's own drawings when preparing his winsome watercolor and ink illustrations, noting the melancholy quality of the title characters. The light verse is transformed by the artist's vision into a mismatched couple seeking a place of acceptance. Four wordless pages precede the text and set the stage for what is to come, contrasting the Owl's wealthy pedigree to the Cat, who literally comes from the other side of the tracks. The pair's journey on the beautiful pea-green boat is observed disapprovingly by more traditionally matched couples aboard other ships. It is only when they reach the island where the Bong-tree grows that they find acceptance among a variety of unusual couples, such as a mermaid and a centaur. Now they can finally drop their masks and find happiness. This attractive, elongated volume has thick creamy paper and a stylish typeface. The linear outlines of the illustrations add energy and expression to the imaginative cast of Miró-style characters. For older readers, this book shows true artistic vision and a great example of the power of personal interpretation and inspiration.
Robin L. GibsonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Meet the Author
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.
James Cross Giblin (1933-2016) was the author of more than twenty critically acclaimed books for young people. His book The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler received the Robert F. Sibert Award for Informational Books.
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.
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