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Le maître chat ou le chat botté Charles Perrault's Puss in Boots has been an irresistible magnet for countless illustrators ever since this classic French tale was first published in 1697 So the uestion arises Do we really need another edition of Puss Presented with Fred Marcellino's magnificent interpretation of this nimble new translation of the authentic text book lovers young and old are apt to decide that this Puss in Boots belongs on their shelf of special favoritesLong regarded as the preeminent designer of book jackets in America Fred Marcellino provides an unstinting visual feast in his first full color picture book The eadventures of that rascal Puss and his master the miller's sonare portrayed in a lavish series of illustrations that range from sumptuous grandeur to comedy both boisterous and sly The text in this book could say blah blah blah and I would still give it 5 stars That is how amazing the illustrations are Very cute version of the story My students read 2 Puss in Boots stories and then compared them They were surprisingly very similar and this was one of them Fred Marcellino's artistic interpretation of Puss in Boots narrated by a spare translation of Perrault's original story is nothing short of impressive The book is a visual feast its fantastical events unfolding with their own strange coherency The mood of this book is a bit darker than Galdone's with the puckish Puss killing rabbits for the king without mercy or compassion and the giant's ogreish meals peeking out from under silver trays as servants glide past Puss on his way up the lushly carpeted stair Parents of sensitive readers may wish to stick with Galdone's version but this version accurately captures the mood of Perrault's original storyPuss's outrageous success in advancing his master's interests through deception may well be troubling for parents who will wish to interpret the story to their young children while still encouraging them to tell the truth Puss's panache is undeniably attractive and unlike Toad in The Wind in the Willows he never receives the just conseuences of his unscrupulous behavior While some parents will choose to avoid the story it should be noted that Puss's victims were all taken in by means of their own moral weakness the king was overly fond of good food which made him vulnerable to Puss's blandishments The princess was so shallow as to be impressed by the miller's son's clothing provided in her presence by her weak willed father The ogre was too arrogant to view Puss as a threat and foolishly turned himself into a mouse opening himself up for attack All of these people naively accepted the line presented to them and so were taken inPuss is a scoundrel and children ought to know that there are scoundrels in the world who will prey upon the morally weak The only danger is that the audience will actually be taken in by Puss's charm and admire him for his own sake Never really understood this story but it's still a good children's book Oh Goodreads will you ever cease to amaze me? I discovered this interesting green read book button beneath the cover icon of the book I was just reviewing Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault illustrated by Fred Marcellino the one that received the Caldecott Honor in 1991 Below the green button was an explanation that the book available was a different edition from the one I had read So on a whim I clicked the button and checked it out So this review is for the ebook from The Planet with ISBN13 9781908478184 Lo and behold the entire book was available right there online Wow So very cool This version was illustrated by Walter Crane and while the stories were virtually identical the illustrations were uite different I liked both versions although this version gives a much older almost Victorian feel to it I love this feature and once again I am very thankful for Goodreads It really has opened my eyes and made me so much aware of books that I would have never discovered on my own Thank you Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault always brings a smile to my face Now when I think of the character I think of the character adapted in the Shrek series The tale begins by a father passing away and leaving his belongings to his three sons The youngest son gets Puss and he doesn't know what to do with a cat Puss can talk and tells his owner to give him a pair of boots so that he can walk and bring a fortune to his owner Puss goes about capturing various things to bring to king to impress him At one point the king is out and about with his daughter and Puss foils a plan to have his owner pretend like he's drowning so that the king can save him The princess and now lucky owner of Puss are soon married and live happily ever after especially PussThis is uite a funny story as I imagine Puss running about in his boots as he carries out his missions to make his owner rich and happy The illustrations are simple but they lend to the simplicity of the story The cover has the title in yellow text and Puss is walking through a valley with his bag slung over his shoulder Birds are flying away from him so it lends the idea that Puss may have birds in his bag The back cover has Puss walking in the opposite direction as if he's returning to his master triumphant The end pages are fun and lively with a creamy background with rows of Puss running back and forth The title page and dedication page are on separate spreads The title page has the title in simple black text the publisher at the bottom and an image of Puss in the middle He is running in this image tooPuss must do a lot of running in this story While researching this book I noticed that there are different covers for this book depending on the publish date My copy is from 1998As I said the images are simple but I enjoyed them There are still details in the image and while it doesn't explain the art type used it appears that water color was used The images are bright and cheery and draw the reader in When Puss receives his pair of red boots in every image you are drawn to them It's also entertaining to see the different expressions on Puss' face at each page turn The images are bordered and the border has a thin double line At the top of each page is the title of the book In some instances images are mixed within the text The text sizefont never changes The only change in the text is the position on the page whether it's on the right or left side of the page To make a note my favorite image is Puss at the end of the book lounging on a pillow fat and happy after having a feast I can imagine how happy he is at not having to eat mice any 1991 Caldecott Honor Favorite Illustration When the Maruis first appears in fine clothing at the coach; I love all the expressions on the faces The Maruis looks a little overwhelmed and confused Puss is so proud the Princess is coy but interested in the handsome Maruis and the King is puffed up in his pink finery and so proud that he has saved a fine noblemanI've never been the biggest fan of Puss in Boots I've always wondered why the people totally believed everything the cat said Or even listened to a talking cat in the first place However this version is told well and is filled with fun details without becoming too long The illustrations however stand out so beautifully I feel like so long as you knew the cat talked you could follow this story merely based on the rich and detailed illustrations Although Fred Marcellino's illustrations are simply and utterly brilliant lushly descriptive authentically historically 18th century French in style and movement and than well deserving of the Caldecott Honour Medal I cannot say that I have ever really enjoyed Puss in Boots all that much as a tale as a story I have now read it in Perrault's French original as well as in both German and English translation and while I can appreciate the storyline to an extent some parts have also always rubbed me the wrong proverbial way Why for instance would the Ogre's peasants his serfs so to speak automatically believe a passing cat's threats that he would have them killed if they did not tell the king that the fields belonged to the Maruis of Carabas aka the Miller's son? And even with the king I find it kind of hard to fathom that he would have simply accepted the Maruis of Carabas as an existing nobleman as the king would of course and naturally know of and be familiar with his country's noblemen and women especially someone as high born as a Maruis but on the other hand how the cat defeats the ogre is indeed priceless and hilarious albeit also a tad predictable and I do love the fact that once the miller's son has made his fortune and marries the king's daughter his helper his feline companion is not forgotten but becomes a great lord in his own rightNow I have been debating whether to rate Puss in Boots with three or four stars and have finally decided on three stars For although thankfully the original author and translator are indeed mentioned Charles Perrault Malcolm Arthur the Puss in Boots tale actually has a rather interesting back story and a detailed note on its genesis and history would increase the literary and folkloric value of the same The Brothers Grimm included a Puss in Boots type of story in the first 1812 edition of their Kinder und Hausmärchen but then removed it from subseuent editions as being not only too French but also supposedly too literary in scope a salient point both interesting and also rather ironic considering we now know that many of the Grimms' collected German folktales were actually gathered from friends and acuaintances of French Huguenot extraction and that the Grimms' themselves relentlessly edited and stylised their folktales so that by the 1857 edition their collection of tales was actually in many ways considerably literary than traditionally folkloric all nuggets of knowledge that would and could be a great addition as an author's note in this otherwise excellent rendition of Charles Perrault's classic tale In this book about a cat that helps his owners become rich and famous but he does it through trickery and deceit The illustrations in this book are a perfect addition to the witty and comical story The illustrations certainly draw the reader into the story and my students thoroughly enjoyed both the pictures and the plot I used this book to teach my students the difference between theme and moral Traditional literature really focuses on the moral of stories and this book was no exception After talking about the difference between moral and theme with this book they really seemed to understand the concept Overall this is a great book to teach with

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