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Bonnie and Bill Rutherford takes the reader on the delightful voyage of the Owl and the Pussycat, across the sea and into lush jungles, all by the light of the moon....

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The Owl and the Pussycat Reviews

  • Jean
    2019-01-03 01:20

    The Owl and the Pussycat and other nonsense is a book of Edward Lear's eccentric and unique comic verse, published in 2012 to celebrate the bicentenary of the author's birth. It is lavishly illustrated with watercolour paintings by the Australian artist, Robert Ingpen. This is a happy combination, as Ingpen's depictions, based on Australian flora, seem to be a perfect fit for Lear's imagined Bong-tree Land. Edward Lear was one of 20 children. He suffered from epilepsy, and had a very unhappy childhood as an unwanted member of the family. He was largely brought up by an elder sister who encouraged him to develop his artistic talent. Interestingly, Sarah, another sister of his, was also a talented artist and writer, though she is largely forgotten now. This edition of the book is dedicated to her memory. It includes seven of Edward Lear's most popular poems:The Owl and the PussycatThe JumbliesThe Dong with a Luminous NoseThe New VestmentsThe Duck and the KangarooCalico Pie and How Pleasant to Know Mr. LearIt is perfectly possible to read Lear's verse in a standard collection of poetry, as words on the page without the aid of pictures. Perhaps this is how most of us remember reading him in childhood. Or perhaps you may remember them being read aloud, as hearing them aloud benefits the language enormously. I would defy anyone not to "hear" them in their head as they read. But there is another consideration with this particular book.For those adults - and some children - who find Lear's eccentric descriptions all but impossible to visualise, these illustrations are not only very attractive but also a great help with interpretation. Lear's sing-song language is easy and repetitive, the sound of his verse and his imagery will delight young children, yet his ideas are sometimes so ludicrous as to be unimaginable. Can you see a "runcible spoon" in your mind's eye? Or "The Dong with a Luminous Nose"? I couldn't - even though in this case Lear gives a detailed description of him - until I looked at the illustrations."Far and few, far and fewAre the lands where the Jumblies live;Their heads are green and their hands are blue,And they went to sea in a Sieve."We first hear this refrain in "The Jumblies", and it is then echoed in "The Dong with a Luminous Nose", a poignant and mournful verse. Sad though it is, it is probably my personal favourite. Perhaps though, it is as well that it is followed by "The New Vestments"; such a silly piece of nonsense that it makes the reader laugh out loud. And small children will love the "rude" and funny picture in this book. "How Pleasant to Know Mr. LearWho has written such volumes of stuff!Some think him ill-tempered and queer,But a few think him pleasant enough."So where on earth did he get his odd ideas? What made him juxtapose such ridiculous items to make a more-or-less coherent whole? The answer seem to be that, in common with many comedians throughout history, he was trying to escape his own unhappiness. He started out as a draughtsman for the Zoological Society of London, making drawings of rare birds and animals. Some of his beautiful bird paintings from this time are included in the books. He entertained his employer's children with his drawings and invented nonsense rhymes, to which they showed, "uproarious delight and welcome at the appearance of every new absurdity." Imagine how welcome such approval must have been to a young man who had sadly experienced little of this in his life to date. He went on to travel throughout Europe, writing and illustrating guides to various places, and these came to the attention of Queen Victoria. She was so impressed that she promptly employed Edward Lear as her drawing master. In 1870 he published his most famous poem, The Owl and the Pussycat, with which he found his perfect niche. To the end of his days he commented on the world around him in a nonsensical style, referring most revealingly once to, "This ludicrously whirlygig life which one suffers from first and laughs at afterwards."Even writing what amounts to his own obituary, with a letter sent to a friend shortly before his travels, he ends it, typically,"Oh bother!" The text of the letter is included in the book, as is a short biography of the author. Additionally there are contributions by the illustrator, Robert Ingpen. He has written a two-page botanical study entitled "Bong-tree land", styled very much in the tradition of the time, plus another two pages about Bong-tree Land itself, reading rather like a nonsensical travel guide, starting,"Visitors to Bong-tree land must be prepared to travel by sea for a year and a day from almost any port in England."Robert Ingpen has captured the essence and style of Edward Lear very nicely, and this provides an unexpected extra tribute to the author. Edward Lear has influenced a host of writers and comedians ever since, including Gilbert and Sullivan, A. A. Milne, Spike Milligan, The Goons, Dr. Seuss and Monty Python's Flying Circus. If you have a penchant for the ridiculous, don't make the mistake of thinking him outdated, and pass Edward Lear by - give him a try. Perhaps he wrote his own epitaph with the words,"Nonsense is the breath of my nostrils."

  • Dolly
    2019-01-03 01:22

    We recently read Miss Smith Under the Ocean, which references a lot of classic tales. Our oldest was intrigued by the mention of the poem of "The Owl and the Pussycat", so I borrowed a couple of different picture-book versions of this classic poem so she could hear the whole thing. This version has colorful mixed-media illustrations that are very expressive and abstract. It's very different from Jan Brett's illustrated version of the poem, and we enjoyed comparing the two books. Later on, we read Hilary Knight's interesting take on the story, too.Overall, this classic poem has been illustrated by several different people and we enjoyed reading three of the different versions.

  • Smeg
    2018-12-27 02:56

    I read the version with the illustrations by Wendy Straw and yes, it is a children's book. Ricky Gervais spiked my interest when he quoted the line "In a beautiful pea-green boat:" referring to one of Karl Pilkington's ramblings that fuse reality with fantasy. It sounded to me like this story should be common knowledge. I looked up the book and author and decided I wanted to know more. As I am a fan of Spike Milligan I found that Edward Lear is right up my alley. The Owl And The Pussycat is a romantic nonsense poem that I found funny and the little one found engaging. The illustrations done by Wendy Straw are comically beautiful.I will definitely be reading more of Edward Lear's work.

  • Dustin Crazy little brown owl
    2019-01-22 01:52

    "O lovely Pussy! O Pussy, my love, What a beautiful Pussy you are, You are,You are,What a beautiful Pussy you are!" -Edward Lear"Our mother was a Pussycat,Our father was the Owl,So we are partly little beastsAnd partly little fowl . . . ." -Edward LearThe wording might be a bit dated but we must take into account that the lyrics were written in the 1800's. This classic is well worth reading.

  • Agnė
    2019-01-21 04:10

    I am not a fan of dressed up realistic-looking animals. Therefore, I liked this poem better when I first read it in a plain text format without any illustrations. Nonetheless, Jen Brett's illustrations are gorgeous, and I loved the side story she told in her artwork.

  • Deanna
    2019-01-01 01:56

    Okay dumb. I have a hard time imagining an owl and a pussycat getting married by a turkey...wierd....I'm sure I'm reading way more into it. Yes, I know it's all "nonsense" but some nonsense I struggle with.Good illustrations though...

  • Maria
    2019-01-10 03:55

    I have no words for this book. It's wierd and not at all what i expected. And the stanza that goes something like this; oh what a lovely pussy you are. say what? who would write that in a childrens book. Not good, not good

  • Heather
    2019-01-09 01:00

    Wow. They're dressed way too fancy. She’s way taller than that owl! Looks ridiculous to see a cat walking on two legs.It says it’s a ‘beautiful pea-green boat’ but that’s a ship. Of course, I realized on the next page they called it a boat so it would rhyme with “note.”‘they took some honey, and plenty of money.’ Oh boy. Bad rhyming.Wow. Mice walking on two legs carrying luggage.This makes me wince: “O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love, what a beautiful Pussy you are, you are!You are!What a beautiful Pussy you are!” Pretty page, though. Nice green&blue colors and the stars reflected in the owl’s eyes.Seeing that cat (I refuse to call her Pussy) wrapped up in that pink robe&kerchief while looking on sexily at the owl singing is so weird.Then her swinging from the rigging with her skirts fanned out.They sailed on that ship for a year and a day looking for a ring? And you stop on an island where a pig lives. I thought it was kinda odd to use the year and a day--obviously it sounds romantic--because it's generally used in historical novels, &was a tradition of handfasting, to stay with someone for a year and a day, and after that time, you can either get married or part ways. oh, a bong-tree! sure, drop another word in here that sounds bad!pussycats, bong-trees. I guess I'd expect no other kind of tree than a bong-tree in this perverse book.‘&there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,With a ring at the end of his nose,His nose,His nose,With a ring at the end of his nose.’Tell me they’re not getting this ring from this pig’s nose. flips the page.Yep, they are. They’re totally asking this pig for his nose ring.Couldn’t you have stopped at a portside town and bought a ring??! Their richness has oozed off the page from the very start. “Dear Pig, are you willing to sell for one shilling Your ring?” Said the Piggy, “I will.-The pig’s lines should have been on the next line.I thought the pig asked himself for his ring.This pig’s ears are crazy. There's curls all around it. Ah! So you do have money that could have been spent on a ring!Wait, they boarded the ship loaded with “honey and money.” Now where’s their money at? Why couldn’t you buy a ring??Married by a turkey. Well, she’s a cat, he’s an owl, a rat helped them board the ship, and they got their wedding ring from a pig’s nose. Why not get married by a turkey, who’s wearing pants with a hole for his tail?I hope they disinfected that ring.Seeing them sprawled out on the ground makes me uncomfortable. Like the concept of the book does. That wing peeking out of his sleeve looks like a lightweight, flimsy peacock feather painted gray. That is not the wing of an owl. &that thing couldn’t hold a spoon, much less fly this guy anywhere. But I guess he doesn’t fly. No, he walks everywhere like a man. The word “runcible” should not be in a kid’s book. I don’t even know what that is!I guess we should all be thankful this book just ended off with them dancing by the light of the moon, The moon, The moon,Instead of their wedding night…Can I get an Amen?Some pages were pretty and done well. The pig looked weird. &let's point out the elephant in the room, or in this case the Pussy, this story is just weird. an owl and a cat? how does that work? kind of like in Shrek with donkey and the my, my, people like pairing animals together, don't they?I love animals, but I don't like making animals into people &dressing them in clothes like people. It's just weird.

  • Andrea Hussey
    2019-01-09 01:53

    23 pagesI was supposed to pick out a Golden Book for a baby shower, the one with the oldest publication date wins a prize, so I stumbled across this book and I was so flustered by the title I put it down to think about. I was also turned off by the owl and “pussy” cat marriage I said to my sister how perverted that was and it put an image in my head that wasn’t pleasant. I always find interspecies mating to be perverse, no matter that these two only got married, it still put an image of the two of them together in my head and might give kids the wrong idea that different animals can mate together, or just put kids to thinking about what the babies would be like and just create all kinds of problems. But the copyright date was 82, the oldest, so I ended up buying it days later. The beautiful pictures with all the different colors is what attracted me to the book because they were pretty to look at.Upon reading the book I’m even more convinced I should’ve stayed away from it. One page in particular had me feeling really weird about it. The one where the owl is singing “O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love, What a beautiful Pussy you are, You are, You are! What a beautiful Pussy you are!” Talk about awkward. Even saying it in my head was embarrassing, saying it out loud to my sister, because I just had to share it with her, even more so! I would never read this aloud to anyone else and I certainly can’t give this to a baby. I wish I hadn’t bought it; the pictures do not make up for these terrible word choices. I don’t know what was going on in the 80’s but today we have a different connotation with the word “pussy” and I for one have never and will never call a real cat a pussycat. Oh, this p word I will not use! Then there “to the land where the bong-tree grows.” There again, a bong is not something I want to read about because that’s drug paraphernalia and I wonder if it was back then too. It might be a type of tree but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to use it in a children’s book. Bongs and pussies, just what you want kids repeating! I can’t give this to a baby because I doubt parents would appreciate their kids repeating these words that in today’s world reference drugs and the female body. Then were words that kids just don't know. I never understand when authors use these big words that they know in their adult lives and expect young children to know. Like "They dined on mince and slices of quince, which they ate with a runcible spoon." I can't even follow that! I did like some of the lines, like: “They sailed away, for a year and a day” and “they danced by the light of the moon.” All in all, I think this book was for another time but today just brings up awkward subjects.

  • Becky
    2019-01-14 09:03

    Jan Brett's Caribbean-inspired illustrations for the classic Edward Lear poem are teeming with life, and the effect is stunning. The colors, textures, and shapes are a visual treat. Each page also has a different pattern of "straw" border, adorned with a different tropical flower.The pictures overflow with detail, to the point where there's even a sub-story (pardon the pun) involving two yellow fish.I didn't give it the full 5 stars because the way the text is broken up across spreads makes it difficult to read the poem with any kind of flow, and because some of Brett's admittedly gorgeous illustrations could (and perhaps should) have had more of a connection to the text. For one notable example -- there's no pot of honey on the boat, and we never get a look at the money wrapped up in the five-pound note!But there's no denying the beauty of the illustrations, and the Caribbean theme works surprisingly well. This is a great book for anyone -- for newcomers to the splendid silliness of the poem as well as for old fans of the poem who are looking for an edition with fabulous illustrations.

  • Karen
    2019-01-20 07:10

    There are many illustrated version of Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat -- some are so breathtakingly gorgeous but lack the silliness of this story, some are cartoony and have no depth, and some are so deep they tread some very disturbing waters -- so far, though, this is my favorite version.Jan Brett's illustrations, as always are colorful, well-rendered and quite lovely; and, as usual, somewhat jarring. That's what makes them so perfect for Edward Lear. Edward Lear's writings fall somewhere between Beatrix Potter and Hilaire Belloc. On the surface, they are silly with a rhyming scheme pleasing to the ear. But scratch a little below that surface and there is something a little "off" in his work. All was not safe in Potter's world -- Peter Rabbit's father was turned into a stew -- but there was a happy ending for the protagonist. Reading Belloc can still give me nightmares. There is no safety in Lear's writing, no guarantee of a happy ending, but it is thought-inducing, not nightmare-inducing.

  • Sarah Barrington
    2019-01-07 07:02

    The Owl and the Pussycat is a classic nonsense poem by Edward Lear, and has long been one of my favourite books since I was a young child. There are many versions of the poem with different illustrations, but they are always beautiful to look at and really engaging for young readers. The poem is a love story between two anthropomorphic characters, the owl and the pussycat, and follows them as they get engaged and search for a ring. We meet various other silly characters throughout the poem, and none of it really makes any sense, which I think adds to its charm.Children reading this book will love the storyline of the poem, and will be introduced to a rhyming structure that is easy to follow. It is very imaginative, and will take young children on a magical journey while they are reading it, or listening to it being read to them. As I previously mentioned, the illustrations are beautiful and really help to tell the story and engage the reader. I feel that it is a wonderful poem for children to be introduced to, as it is silly and perfect for kids to enjoy.

  • Riven
    2018-12-27 09:08

    ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ is the much loved children’s classic written by Edward Lear and the version I found in my library contains updated illustrations by Louise Voce. It follows the whimsical journey of the eponymous duo as they set to sea, get engaged and search for a ring.The nonsense poetry has some lovely lines although some of the language has certainly dated and could be considered a tad risqué these days (“Oh lovely pussy” etc) however its main audience is unlikely to be aware of any such double entendtres at their age. The book could be used as an example of rhyming poetry although I do find the rhythm structure of some of the verses to be a little awkward.This version is very well illustrated with the kind of pictures that will draw early years children into the story. There may be an underlying theme of acceptance of differences or it may just be a nonsense story, however I feel it has a lot to offer and I’m sure children will enjoy coming up with their own nonsense stories featuring animals that that would make unlikely friends.

  • Esther Barajikian
    2018-12-25 08:21

    "The Owl and the Pussycat" is a classic poem written by Edward Leer that was first published in the 19th century. This book, illustrated by Anne Wilson presents the love story of two unlikely lovers in a charming and whimsical way. Combining several different techniques, her use of brilliant colors, creative lines and surrealistic images carries the reader into a wonderful make-believe world by means of a beautiful pea-green boat. The author use of rhyming couplets, simple rhythm, and patterned language helps young readers anticipate what will happen next and predict the word that will follow. This is especially fun for primary readers, who are sure to love the sweet and funny story line. I gave this book a 4-star rating because it was fun and easy to read. It would be wonderful to use in the classroom to teach the various elements of poetry.

  • Aleta
    2019-01-01 06:19

    It's impossible to tell here, but the specific edition I'm reviewing is The Owl & the Pussy-Cat & Other Nonsense by Edward Lear, with illustrations by Owen Wood (1978, Viking Press). It includes eight short verses by Lear in addition to TO&tPC. Wood's intricate illustrations are gorgeous, and invite return visits, as I have done many a time over the years. This was one of the books that my parents kept on their shelves, and I'm glad they did - it survived where some of our other childhood books did not always.

  • Thom Dunn
    2019-01-18 09:10

    I recall the first time I saw a runcible spoon and nearly fainted with nostalgia, remembering my mother's reading of this to me from MY BOOK HOUSE. Thanks again, Mom.

  • Sem
    2019-01-02 02:59

    As the reviews pertain to various editions I wanted to note that I read the utterly gorgeous edition with illustrations by Jan Brett.

  • Maria
    2019-01-19 06:17

    I should probably start a shelf called Children's Books That Are Not Good for Children. This is one of those books I would ut on that shelf. I find Lear's rhymes to be very strange. These have a very nice sound to them but I think they are inaccessible. I remember feeling the same way about Alice In Wonderland as a child. But I suppose different children feel differently so it would be better to expose them to things and let them make their own decisions. As an adult I enjoy the oddity. Dale Maxey's pictures are psychedelic and add to the feeling that the book was created while the author's were on acid. That said, I do like the pictures. Re-reading this also gave me the chance to learn what a runcible means. Apparently it is a nonsense word that Lear made up because he liked the sound of it. I Owl and the Pussycat he uses" riuncible spoon" but apparently he uses it adjectivally for other nouns too. The wiki entry I read said that he himself did not seem to have a clear meaning for the word. That's am interesting idea to me; to invent a word for sound and not for meaning. Is Lear trying to communicate something more like music and less like an idea? Anyway, the word runcible, according to the wiki article appears to have been adopted by counter culture if not by pop culture.

  • Shanna Gonzalez
    2019-01-04 01:59

    Edward Lear's classic rhyme comes to sparking life in Jan Brett's lively and original interpretation. It opens with a charming scene with Pussycat's parents looking on fondly, while Owl kneels before her, she regarding him with an enigmatic look. The courtship proceeds over glassy seas with idyllic views above and below water, and even children who are romantic nature of the story will wish they could visit "the place where the bong-tree grows."Brett's illustrations are lush, vibrant, and rich in detail, and in keeping with her style, there is a visual sub-plot in the budding romance between the fish held in the bowl between Pussy's paws, and another swimming below the boat. Young children may not ordinarily sit still for this poem, with its archaic language and grown-up theme; but this version makes it easily accessible and eminently enjoyable.

  • Ash (It's a Word Vomit World)
    2019-01-17 04:52

    So, I bought this at a used bookstore, because the pictures were absolutely beautiful. I suppose this is why I should learn to prescreen the books I buy my daughter. When reading this one, neither me nor my daughter were very impressed. I almost put it down to start a new one, because of how squirrely she started to get (she's two) but I finished it. It's not a horrible book, but it's just a meh one. I'm happy I didn't buy it new. Though I make a point to only buy books I have previously read when buying them new.As an added note, I did have to giggle a little when a few nights later my husband had picked it out, and I heard his awkward tone when reading the part where the owl is singing about "what a beautiful Pussy" she is.

  • Fawls13
    2018-12-25 06:53

    I had never read this book before we read it to my son. It is an odd book.Owls and pussycats together, in love and taking to water in a boat. Then there is this stanza:"O lovely Pussy, O Pussy, my love,What a beautiful Pussy you are,You are,You are!What a beautiful Pussy you are!"And then,"They sailed away, for a year and a day,To the land where the bong-tree grows..."where one expects they may meet Cheech and Chong, but no,"...there in a wood a Piggy-wig stood,With a ring at the end of his nose..."whatever a Piggy-wig is.Edward Lear makes Lewis Carroll look straight edge. I'm not sure this should be read to 16 month olds.

  • Mimi
    2019-01-07 01:06

    This book is about an owl and a cat who are in love and they go on a journey together across the sea to get married. This book would be great for teaching poetry and different styles of writing. I personally love this book because I read it when I was in kindergarten to a group of students at my school. We had a program "read to succeed" and I had my picture in the newspaper reading to children older than me.

  • Siobhan
    2019-01-08 09:05

    A wonderful read from my childhood, one I’d certainly suggest for other youngsters. Whilst it is not my all-time favourite childhood read I can still recall all the details of this one meaning it certainly left a lasting impression upon my young mind. And isn’t that what we want with children’s books, for them to leave a positive lasting impression?

  • Tiny Mendoza
    2018-12-24 08:01

    It was ok, but I didn't liked it that much. I mean, how can an owl and a cat be married? I know it's supposed to be fictional and all, but I think it's just absurd. Sorry. I guess, am not artistic or creative enough.

  • Imelda
    2019-01-13 03:10

    I love this poem. What I love even more in this particular book, are the illustrations. I've read this to both of my children, over and over and over. An all time classic and just gorgeous pictures.

  • Henry Martin
    2019-01-21 02:57

    I'm giving this one three stars, but mostly because of the huge wow factor. The illustrations are so vivid and the poem so surreal, that the first thing that came to mind is a LSD trip. The kids seem to love it though.

  • DeB MaRtEnS
    2019-01-21 09:21

    I own this copy. I bought it for myself and read it to kids at school. My own were too old to enjoy it... They preferred more rousing tales. The illustrations in this are glorious, and each page and part of the rhyme has something unlikely to look for. A treasure!

  • Steph
    2019-01-16 08:08

    Stephane Jorisch, amazing illustrations.

  • Cyne-Burh
    2019-01-22 03:59

    I had never read this book prior to reading it to my 2 and half year old daughter... and I wish I had. This book was so weird and I felt almost kind of inappropriate with the word choices.

  • April
    2019-01-06 06:05