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Edward Lear. The Owl and the Pussycat
KCP Poetry  $11.95  ISBN 978-1-55453-232-2 42 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 15

Another amazing addition to the Visions in Poetry series is The Owl and the Pussycat. Popular classics retold by contemporary artists.

The watercolour and ink pictures in this book matched the words perfectly. The illustrations by Stephane Jorisch made good sense and were a perfect way to accentuate the poem itself. The owl and the pussycat coming together was made to seem a very odd coupling, and from my perspective on the drawings, a bad thing by the other characters. But they still came together and married and lived happily ever after. The words were made bold in some places to highlight their meaning and catch the reader’s attention and the pictures had enough detail, but not too much to seem crowded. It gave the reader just enough to look at and keep them turning the pages…and then re-reading it again.

I would recommend this book for people ages ten years old and up. It takes some concentration to understand this nonsensical poem, but it is great for almost any age. The title page grabs you straight away and will make you wonder ‘How does this poem go?’

I give the Visions in Poetry title The Owl and the Pussycat five hooting stars.


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