Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Owl and The Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussy cat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat.....

As a child I loved this poem by Edward Lear. It was so romantic and also a little crazy, which was just fine with me. I was really happy to re-discover the poem with my children. Of course the girls were straight in there with the questions, "what's a runcible spoon?" and "What's a Bong Tree? Is there really an island where they grow?"
Boo decided that a runcible spoon is probably what we would call a spork, a kind of spoon with fork prongs. Star decided that a bong tree would be a tree which 'bonged' when you bumped into it, or if a bong fruit fell off.
That is the magic of Edward Lear, he used words that didn't necessarily have to make sense, children find them so much fun.
I was sent a brand new copy of the Owl and the Pussy Cat with illustrations by Charlotte Yoake and a forward by Julia Donaldson.

 I loved the imagery, you could relate to it even though the poem is 143 years old.

 The pictures are bright and fun, Very attractive to young and old alike and bound to create more questions from the little ones as they enjoy the poem.

Did you ever wonder what happened to the Owl and the Pussy Cat after they were married and danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon?

Julia Donaldson did and now she has written a perfect follow on poem, in much the same style as Edward Lear. This book is also illustrated by Charlotte Yoake.

The book can also be purchased with a CD which contains the story read aloud by Julia Donaldson. She also sings the poem like a folk song on the CD.

 I won't give the story away but the ring gets stolen and the owl and the pussycat set out on a mission to retrieve it.

 Julia Donaldson also introduces some more of Edward Lears characters from other poems such as the Pobble who has no toes and his Aunt Jobiska.

My children really loved the books and have since been practising their own poetry.

You can purchase both The Owl and The Pussycat and the Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat from Amazon. They would make perfect Christmas presents for any child.

Here is a little introduction to the book by Julia Donaldson herself.

I was sent copies of both books for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. i love the idea of a follow up book (especially if its by Julia donaldson - she's fab). these look like a great pair of books. x

    1. They are! We love Julia Donaldson even thought the girls are getting a little old, I don't think you ever get too old for amusing poetry.


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