Thursday, July 15, 2010

Book review: The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat, a nonsense poem by Edward Lear, is brought to brilliant new life by Canadian illustrator Stéphane Jorisch. Unlike the other books in this admirable series, Jorisch, gives you a fresh look at a well-known poem. He sets the poem 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 diverse creatures living together, their masks doffed for good. Jorisch's "playful and fantastic interpretation is a startlingly fresh approach that not only revives the poem...but also brings it new richness and depth." When you read this book be sure to pay attention to the last page.

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