The Owl and the Pussycat
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
I found this book at the Tate Museum in London recently and was completely smitten with the beautiful illustrations. Both of my children loved to recite "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear when they were small. Now my grandchildren will be able to have this book. I've never seen better illustrations of the poem. Wait until you get to the page where "they dined upon mince and slices of quince". It's too adorable!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2010
Gorgeously illustrated by Anne Mortimer, this version brings to life the sweetest, loveliest Owl and Pussycat imaginable. The details of fur and feathers make these elegantly rendered animals look so soft you can almost touch them. I hesitated to buy the book after reading a review complaining the poem was incomplete. I don't know what they mean--it had the whole poem I'm familiar with, ending,
"And hand and hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon, The moon, They danced by the light of the moon."
I bought this for my 4-year old niece but because it is SO beautiful I am buying another copy to keep for myself. Maybe two. Its magical.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2012
Ms. Mortimer did a beautiful job on the illustrations. Her fish in the waves remind me of somehow of the Minoan palace paintings. As for her owl and pussycat, they are so detailed that you can almost touch the soft fur and feathers. She created amazing artwork for one of my favorite poems. There is a short biography of the author on the last page as well.

The reviews mentioning the incomplete poem was for a board book illustrated by someone else. I am not sure how the lines got crossed but it seems that both books are sharing reviews.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2011
With the approach of my great-granddaughter's birth, the family was asked to give her a favorite
children's book. I immediately looked for, "The Owl and the Pussycat", remembering reading it when I
was a child. There were other versions available; but this one, by far, is the most appealing, with the
beautiful script and colorful, imaginative art-work and cover.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2009
I love this book. The art and illustrations are beautiful and add another element to a classic story. The biography at the end is also interesting and educates the reader about the author.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2008
This book contains only a small part of the poem. What a disappointment (and a misrepresentation, too.) While the price is inexpensive, it's not really worth much of anything. Better to spend a few dollars more on an edition that contains the complete classic masterpiece.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2013
The illustrastions are breathtaking, the story timeless. I strongly suggest this book as part of a child's basic library. My niece loves it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
Lovely condition. I can not wait to read it to my grandson when he is ready. A perfect story to start with...not to long but fun.
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on January 18, 2015
So I picked up this book at the local library expecting it to be an average book. Little did I know that the book is actually a poem about the love between and owl and a cat. Anne Mortimer's illustrations are just so beautiful and a magical sight. It reminded me a lot of the movie "The Book of Kells" in terms of art style. I was beautifully drawn with a lot of attention to detail and a touch of uniqueness. The story is cute and says a lot about love that I think kids may enjoy. A perfect bedtime poem for your child.
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on December 12, 2012
My daughter is having her first baby and I love reading so my mind wandered back to the books read to me that I enjoyed as a child. This is one story on the top of my memory bank list and after reading it again with these incredibly beautiful illustrations I remember why. You won't regret it and nor will the little one you're reading it to... if that's the real reason you're buying it. You runcible fellow you!
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