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The owl and the pussycat

By: Lear, Edward, 1812-1888.
Contributor(s): Jorisch, Stéphane.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Visions in poetry: Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, c2007Description: [46] pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781553378280 (bound); 1553378288 (bound); 9781554532322 (pbk.); 1554532329 (pbk.).Subject(s): Nonsense verses, English -- Juvenile literature | Children's poetry, English -- Juvenile literatureGenre/Form: Children's nonfiction. | Children's poetry, English.DDC classification: j821/.8
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Visions in Poetry is an innovative and award-winning series of classic poems re-interpreted for today's readers by outstanding contemporary artists in distinctively beautiful editions.



The sixth Visions in Poetry book is The Owl and the Pussycat, a nonsense poem by Edward Lear, brilliantly illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. The artist's vision begins in a segregated world where different species never mix and everyone hides behind a mask. Against this backdrop an aristocratic owl from Owl Heights and a bohemian pussycat from the other side of the tracks find each other.



They escape society's disapproval by sailing in their pea green boat to ?the land where the bong-tree grows,? a utopia of mismatched creatures living together, their masks doffed for good. Jorisch's playful and fantastic interpretation, inspired in part by Lear's own illustrations as well as the films of Fellini, the art of Miro and The Beatles' Yellow Submarine, is a celebration of love and an exhilarating journey that takes us beyond the quirky charm of this favorite poem.

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School Library Journal Review

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 Mir--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. Gibson, Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Book Review

A new entry in the Visions in Poetry series offers readers a sophisticated reimagining of Lear's classic children's poem without losing any of its traditional whimsy in the doing, thanks to playful line-and-watercolor illustrations. This edition sets up the well-known romance with several wordless spreads that reveal Owl's privileged origins in a mansion overlooking the canals of an Old World city, his glimpsing the Bohemian Pussycat literally on the other side of the tracks at a subway stop and, most affectingly, their t'te-à-t'te at an outdoor caf in the rain before they begin their famous voyage. Citing Fellini, Mir¿ and The Yellow Submarine as influences, Jorisch sprinkles startling images throughout, from the carnival masks worn as the lovers sail away, to the cross-dressing Piggy-wig who donates his ring, to the mermaid and other fantastical creatures who attend the wedding celebrations. Like others in this series, this volume offers older readers a new chance to revisit hoary classics and to indulge in the imaginative product of a unique artistic vision. The illustrations' worldliness does nothing to blunt the poem's good humor--just presents new possibilities. Delicious. (Picture book/poetry. 10+) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.