The Owl and the Pussycat

Description

24 pages
Contains Illustrations
$17.00
ISBN 0-590-71406-6

Author

Publisher

Year

1984

Contributor

Illustrations by Ron Berg
Reviewed by Susan Rogers

Susan Rogers was a librarian with the Laurenval School Board (Adult Services), Deux Montagnes, Quebec.

Review

This poem is often found stuck in the middle of an anthology graced, if the reader is lucky, with a single illustration. Ron Berg’s treatment, illustrating the one poem in picture book format, is a delight for younger readers and their parents. The pictures are excellent. They match the text but are interesting and imaginative. Miss Pussy, in a very fashionable pink gown, and Owl, certainly “most elegant” with his bow tie and straw hat, embark on a busy pea-green cruise ship. Added details, such as the pamphlet headed “Pea-Green Tours” tossed on a chair, are found in many of the illustrations. Pussy and Owl sail off in a smaller boat to find the pig with the ring on the end of his nose, a jeweller. They marry, and the banquet scene after the wedding is a treasure of detail. That Mr. Berg did not choose to illustrate the runcible spoon is a disappointment, but the only one in this very enjoyable rendition of this familiar poem.

Citation

Lear, Edward, “The Owl and the Pussycat,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed February 25, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/36113.