My sister Emily’s back again today for another children’s book blog tour! I was excited about this book myself. Did you ever read the Edward Lear poem, The Owl and the Pussycat, when you were a kid? We loved it – I remember we even had an audio recording of it!
This book, The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Carol Rumble and illustrated by Charlotte Cooke, is an adorable adaptation of the classic poem. To make it even cuter, the book was sent with a little packet of bee-friendly wildflower seeds for the garden!
The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea, in a box on the living room floor. They sailed away for a year and a day and these are the things that they saw…
Join two curious children on a quirky adventure, loosely based on the classic Edward Lear poem, The Owl and the Pussycat.
The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat
Most of us have heard the classic tale of the owl and the pussycat, who went to sea in their beautiful pea-green boat. The old nonsense-poem brings back childhood memories of nursery rhymes and charming adventures. The story has been reimagined in this wonderful picture book by Coral Rumble: The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat.
This rhyming picture book is aimed at very young readers; perfect for bedtime and snuggling up to read with small children. The story follows a boy and girl who sail away to sea in a box on the living room floor. Their adorable costumes of the owl and the pussycat capture the imagination in their young hearts and could encourage our children to use their imagination too!
Their box, now transformed into a quaint pea-green boat (amusingly labelled ‘Petit Pois’), cruises through stunningly-illustrated landscapes filled with cheerful animals and mysterious objects, like messages in bottles and treasure chests bursting with gold. The fantastic illustrations, by Charlotte Cooke, spark imagination and curiosity; I think pictures that can inspire talking points are the most effective… what can you see? What would you do with the objects they find? Towards the end of the book, a sneaky ‘wanted’ poster can be seen pinned to a rock, seemingly looking to catch a naughty seagull. Who put the wanted poster there, and where has the seagull gone? There is so much talking and playing that can be done with such a simple image!
What I love about the writing in this book is that the nonsense-poem style of the original classic remains; as well as the things you’d expect to see, like treasure chests under the sea, you also get clownfish in suits and bow ties, and an adventurous puffin in a cap flying around the moon. Choosing a nonsense-poem is great sometimes for the sheer silliness!
Overall, this lovely little picture book is great for young children who love a bit of imagination. Its beautiful illustrations guide you on a journey through fantastic scenes of wonderful landscapes and many humorous creatures. It was an absolute joy for me to read, so children are bound to love it. What more do you want from a picture book?
About the Author:
I have worked as a poet and performer for many years and I’m proud to have my work featured in Favourite Poets (Hodder). I have three published poetry collections of my own and have contributed to more than 150 anthologies. I am also one of the writers of the popular Cbeebies programmes ‘Poetry Pie’ and ‘The Rhyme Rocket’. I have given workshops in some fairly unusual venues as well…the grandest of which being Buckingham Palace!
About the Illustrator:
I was thrilled and proud when my picture book The Adventures of the Owl & the Pussycat was highly commended for the Macmillan Children’s Prize in 2010. Since then I have gone on to illustrate many other picture books and I enjoy making the occasional card too. When I’m not in my studio I’m usually outside running or playing referee to my two kids.
You can buy a copy of The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat on Amazon*, or find out more about it on Goodreads. Thanks to Faye Rogers PR for the book, and to Emily for stopping by to write this review!
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