The Owl And The Pussy-Cat

The Owl And The Pussy-Cat by Edward Lear
Published by Sovereign
Ebook
Published 15 June 2014 (first published 1871)
32 pages
Digital library

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I read this for 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge. The category is ‘a book with a cat on the cover’.   

WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT

In this beautifully illustrated edition of Lear’s beloved nonsense poem, Mortimer takes the reader on the delightful voyage of the Owl and the Pussycat, across the sea and into lush jungles, all by the light of the moon. Full colour.

EXTRACT

From The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five pound note…

WHAT I THOUGHT

According to my mother, The Owl and the Pussy-Cat was my favourite verse as a child. She read it to me every night and I’d have a tantrum if she didn’t. I have vague memories of this.

I enjoyed this very short book of nonsense verse. It contains The Owl and the Pussy-cat as well as a few of Lear better known nonsense verse including The Jumblies, The Cummerbund and Calico Pie. The best verse is The Owl and the Pussy-Cat which is really enjoyable to read. The rhyme and verse works really well. To be honest, I didn’t really enjoy any of the other verses in the book. The rhyme and rhythm came across as strained and just doesn’t work as well as The Owl and the Pussy-Cat. I enjoyed re-reading a childhood favourite but feel for the most part these verses have dated badly and I wouldn’t recommend this book.

RATING

3 STAR RATING

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