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Puss in Boots Hardcover – November 13, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Dial (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803716427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803716421
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 10.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 4-Set in early-18th-century France, this adaptation of Charles Perrault's classic tale is filled with lushly delineated period details, moments of tingling excitement, and playful humor. The protagonist, a handsome silver-tabby British shorthair, boasts elegant black-velvet stripes and intelligent green eyes. Bequeathed to a miller's youngest son, the can-do cat promises that he will prove his worth if provided with appropriate footwear and a draw-string sack. Puss gets to work, cunningly using the sack to hunt game, courteously presenting his prizes to the king, and continually singing the praises of his master (dubbed the Count of Carabas). Cleverly orchestrating a meeting between the young man and the king's lovely daughter, Puss bamboozles the monarch into believing that Benjamin is a man of means and then procures these riches by tricking an evil sorcerer out of his holdings. The story ends with a royal wedding and Puss-now prime minister-contemplating future adventures (the rear endpaper shows him captaining a sailing ship). The text clearly relates the plot with lyrical language and vivacious energy, and the color-pencil and watercolor artwork showcases the period's costumes, architecture, and landscapes. Perfectly timed highpoints (and a foldout page) emphasize the sorcerer's transformations into various animals (in response to Puss's taunting dare), as well as the cat pouncing on the man-turned-helpless-mouse. Accessible and eye-catching, this is a fitting companion to Fred Marcellino's exquisite rendition (Farrar, 1990).-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journalα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In this classic fairy tale, a clever cat enables his master to marry the king’s daughter. After convincing the king that his humble young master is a wealthy count, Puss flatters a rich shape-shifting ogre, encourages him to turn into a mouse, and devours him. The cat welcomes the king and princess to his master’s castle (formerly the ogre’s). A wedding is announced and the cat is honored by the king. Though changed in a few details, the story is essentially that of Charles Perrault, who is credited in the appended artist’s note. Pinkney’s version is set in France, evidently around the time of the tale’s first publication (1697). Created with graphite, colored pencils, and watercolors, the illustrations vary from the relatively simple, rustic opening scenes, in which characters stand out clearly against light or white backgrounds, to the later ones, which are often so ornate overall that the eye tends to wander from one element to another. A richly detailed version of the tale. Grades 1-3. --Carolyn Phelan

More About the Author

A native of Philadelphia, Jerry studied at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) where, in 1992 he received the Alumni Award. He has been illustrating children's books since 1964, illustrating over one hundred titles, and earned the Caldecott Medal for his nearly wordless picture book The Lion & the Mouse in 2010. Among his many other accolades he has also been the recipient of five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards and four Coretta Scott King Honors, five New York Times Best Illustrated Book awards, and in 2006 the Original Art's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY.
In addition to his work in children's books, Jerry has had over thirty one-man retrospectives at venues ranging from the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL to the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA. He has exhibited in over one hundred group shows in the USA, Japan, Russia, Italy, Taiwan and Jamaica. Jerry has illustrated for a wide variety of clients, including the U.S. Postal Service, National Park Service, and National Geographic. Jerry created art for the Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger commemorative poster, a foundation that helps bring food to those in need. He was invited to create a painting for the 30th Bologna Book Fait, Bologna, Italy and the NASA Art Collection at the John F. Kennedy Space Center. He was appointed to serve on the U.S. Postal Services Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (1982-1992). In 2001 Jerry was invited by Laura Bush to illustrate and design the White House Christmas Program. He has held professorships teaching art at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; the University of Delaware, Newark, DE; and the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. In 2003, Jerry was appointed to the National Council of the Arts - NEA (2003-2009). His art can be found in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Delaware Art Museum and the Brandywine River Art Museum.
His works have been featured in The New York Times, Arts Section, American Artists Magazine, The Horn Book Magazine, The CBS Sunday Morning Show and PBS Reading Rainbow Room. Pinkney is also a past trustee for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Katonah Museum of Art. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean, in Westchester County, NY.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine E. Reed on January 10, 2014
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Gorgeous illustrations and an engaging story, this is my four-year-old's favorite picture book. We have been reading it often for six months. (And this is in a house with lots of children's library books and books he owns.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By planettyoz on December 5, 2013
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magnificent pictures, as always. Mr Pinkney never disappoints. i have almost all of his books. Each one is a treasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on October 16, 2013
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We loved hearing the original story of Puss n Boots and the detailed and fascinating art work that truly transcends words.
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Jerry Pinkney never disappoints in his retelling of classic tales, such as The Tortoise & the Hare, The Lion & the Mouse, and Little Red Riding Hood and over the years his works have brought a lot of pleasure to my now eight-year-old daughter and I. We were both understandably thrilled to see his new title, a re-imagining of the classic tale of Puss in Boots.

I have to say that Pinkney has outdone himself in illustrating Puss who appears very much life-like, with the exceptions of standing upright and wearing some beautiful red boots. The facial expressions on Puss' face is something to look out for - the winking eye, the animated expressions, the beseeching look, the surprised expressions, and more! The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and it is evident that Mr. Pinkney has gone to great lengths to research the various Puss in Boots editions. Since the original work was published in French, Pinkney has chosen France in the 1700s as the story's setting and the characters, costumes, and landscapes bring this period vividly alive in glorious color. Puss itself is depicted as a black-and-white silver tabby British shorthair. A note at the end explains why the author-illustrator chose to depict the story this way, and there's also a surprise in the book in the form of a fold-out which adds to one's enjoyment of this classic tale.

Jerry Pinkney's Puss in Boots will appeal to children and adults, and I am very much obliged to Mr Pinkney for this new and beautiful retelling of a beloved fairy tale.
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