The Owl and the Pussycat

by Edward Lear

Other authorsJan Brett (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1991



Local notes

E Lea (c.2)


G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (1991), Edition: 1st, 32 pages


After a courtship voyage of a year and a day, Owl and Pussy finally buy a ring from Piggy and are blissfully married.


Original language


Physical description

32 p.; 8.75 inches


0399219250 / 9780399219252



User reviews

LibraryThing member sdglenn
Appropriate for grades k-3. The owl and the pussycat are sailing and in love. The see a pig with a ring in his nose and is maried by him. Great book!
LibraryThing member nkmunn
There are a few childhood poems my dad would recite w/us on car rides, this is one of them! I am sure he liked it simply because the characters went to sea! [author: Jan Brett]'s illustrations are intricate and the borders are fascinating.
LibraryThing member rosinalippi
The poem is lovely to read aloud and Lear's illustrations are very richly colored and detailed. What's not to like?
LibraryThing member missmichelle
Age Approriateness: Primary
Genre: This book is a great example of poetry because it uses rhythimical composition that the Owl uses to express his love to the Pussycat. More specifically, this book would be considered narrative poetry because it tells a story and uses regular sound patterns throughout the book.… (more)
LibraryThing member emtimmins
The pictures, naturally, are stunning.
LibraryThing member kitsunek8
Picture Book
This is an illustrated edition of Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat poem, in which the owl and cat fall in love and sail away into the sunset in search of happiness. I love Edward Lear's rhymes and nonsense stories, and the illustrations really fit well with the story and gave it new depth.
The theme or concept is love and simplicity. This is a great read-aloud for classrooms. The rhymes are easy and fun to say and the story is fast paced and engaging.
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LibraryThing member adaq
I'm not sure I've ever seen an illustration of "The Owl and the Pussycat" that was awful -- they all tend toward the beautiful. The Jan Brett illustrations do not fail.
LibraryThing member MeditationesMartini
I am rating "The Owl and the Pussycat" on the nursery fantasia of the original poem and not the fact that the board book I read to my son cuts off at the end of the first verse, confusing him greatly since we read him the full one a lot from the big nursery rhyme book.
LibraryThing member flamingrosedrakon
A beautifully illustrated book to go with the interesting silly poem of Edward Lear.

The poem is short, simple to read and simple to follow for any child. It can be considered a starter poem for children while it isn't that silly to turn away adults.

The main focus of this book is the illustrations done by fellow artist Jan Brett who is well known for her homey touches and beautiful details. The same details are brought to life in this book while removing from the snowy stretches to the sunny Caribbean touch.

What helps the pictures besides the bright colors, the beautiful details and the fascinating yet superb expressions of Ms. P*ss* is the other story. For those that don't pay attention they may not catch it but this is two romances in one with the little yellow fish in the ocean seeking for the fish that is above him the whole time. And the beautiful ending will have the romantic sighing even as they close the book.
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