The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat

Book - 2007
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Grand Central Pub
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.

Univ of Toronto Pr
In the sixth book in the Visions in Poetry series, award-winning illustrator St?phane Jorisch explores the nonsense world created by Edward Lear.

Baker & Taylor
In a segregated world where different species never mix, an aristocratic owl and a bohemian pussycat find each other and must escape society's disapproval by sailing off to a utopian land where mismatched creatures live together in harmony. Simultaneous.

& Taylor

After a courtship voyage of a year and a day, the owl and the pussycat finally buy a ring from Piggy and are blissfully married, in this illustrated version of Lear's nonsense poem.

Publisher: Tonawanda, NY; Toronto : Kids Can Press, c2007
ISBN: 9781553378280
Branch Call Number: j821 Lea
Additional Contributors: Jorisch, Stéphane.


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Jun 21, 2019

Stephane Jorisch has taken a classic poem and turned it into an contemporary piece about "finding true freedom and acceptance" with his illustrations. Cleavage and disturbing creatures left me questioning why this is located in the children's section. His Jabberwocky was also disturbing.

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