The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat – Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Charlotte Voake


61ucxrm10lThe Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-Cat – Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Charlotte Voake, Candlewick Press, (9780763690816), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Julia Donaldson has a real fondness of Edward Lear as evinced in her sequel to his classic The Owl and the Pussy-Cat.  This sequel includes not only the characters from the original poem, but characters and places found in other verse by Lear: Chankly Bore, Jelly Bo Lee, and the Pobble.  The owl and the pussy-cat awake from their wedding night to find that their ring has been stolen. Donaldson’s verse perfectly captures the rhythm and internal rhyme of the original.  “The Owl sang songs of terrible wrongs/While Puss blew her nose on a leaf. Then she said with a yowl, ‘O lugubrious Owl, Let us travel in search of the thief, The thief, The thief, Let us travel in search of the thief.’”  The pen and ink watercolor illustrations perfectly complement the gentle nonsense of the poem in soothing tones of blue, green, pink and gold.  The sequel is faithful and respectful of the original and will be enjoyed by fans of Edward Lear.  Pair it with Voake’s illustrated version of the original.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Readers who love the classic Edward Lear poem will welcome this sequel.  Hand it to readers who enjoy poetry, especially that of Lear.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes if you love the original

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 1/25/17             

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