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Puss in Boots
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2012
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  Booklist Review

In this classic fairy tale, a clever cat enables his master to marry the king's daughter. After convincing the king that his humble young master is a wealthy count, Puss flatters a rich shape-shifting ogre, encourages him to turn into a mouse, and devours him. The cat welcomes the king and princess to his master's castle (formerly the ogre's). A wedding is announced and the cat is honored by the king. Though changed in a few details, the story is essentially that of Charles Perrault, who is credited in the appended artist's note. Pinkney's version is set in France, evidently around the time of the tale's first publication (1697). Created with graphite, colored pencils, and watercolors, the illustrations vary from the relatively simple, rustic opening scenes, in which characters stand out clearly against light or white backgrounds, to the later ones, which are often so ornate overall that the eye tends to wander from one element to another. A richly detailed version of the tale.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

A retold but intact version of the familiar tale, given the customary early-18th-century setting in illustrations crowded with figures and period detail. Pinkney retells the tale in plain, measured language: " Have some boots made for me,' [the cat] said, and give me a strong sack with a drawstring. I just might be able to help you find your fortune.' " With a few minor changes or additions (the ogre, for instance, is a "rich and evil sorcerer" depicted as human), the story puts passive young Benjamin into the paws of a feline impresario who orchestrates his rise to fame, fortune and a royal wedding to the equally inert Princess Daniella. Identified in the author's afterword as a "black-and-white silver-tabby British shorthair," the cat cuts a properly self-confident, swashbuckling figure as he inserts himself into a claustrophobically populous royal entourage bursting with sumptuously patterned silks, floating ribbons, airy plumage and ruffles. He goes on to trick the sorcerer in a confrontation (depicted in part in an awkwardly placed gatefold) and to become prime minister. Nor are his adventures over, as a nautical scene on the rear endpaper hints. Handsomely turned out, as can be expectedbut Pinkney himself notes that he studied over 20 illustrated editions of the story before producing one of his own, and he offers nothing particularly fresh. (Picture book/folk tale. 7-10)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
A beautifully illustrated retelling of the beloved fairy tale from Caldecott Medal-winning author Jerry Pinkney <br> <br> For generations, children have been enchanted by the tale of the clever cat in fancy boots who outsmarts a king and a sorcerer to win a castle and a bride for his penniless master. The humor, the magic, and a lush Renaissance setting are all on glorious display, and a well-placed gatefold adds to the drama. This elegant new edition of Charles Perrault's folktale is essential for every child's library. Read it in tandem with other Pinkney classic picture books like The Little Red Hen and The Lion and the Mouse. <br> <br> "This book is larger than life."- Library Media Connection
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