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Puss in boots
Perrault, Charles, 1628-1703.
Uniform Title:
Gestiefelte Kater. English
Publication Information:
New York : North-South Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
A clever cat helps his poor master win fame, fortune, and the hand of a beautiful princess.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 5.0 0.5 31118.

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PZ8.P426 PU 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales

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When the old miller dies, his youngest son has no way to earn a living. All he has inherited is a cat. But what a cat! Decked out in an elegant pair of red boots that add necessary swagger, and using quick wits and a nimble tongue, the daring Puss talks them both into a fortune.

The ingenuity and sheer shamelessness of Perrault's feline hero has delighted readers ever since his first appearance three centuries ago. Giuliano Lunelli's interpretation captures the insouciant charm of the original in illustrations as clever and cunning as Puss himself.

Author Notes

Charles Perrault was born in Paris on January 12, 1628. He was the son of an upper-class burgeois family and attended the best schools, becoming a lawyer in 1651. After being a lawyer for some time, he was appointed chief clerk in the king's building, superintendent's office in 1664. While there, he induced Colbert to establish a fund called Liste des Bienfaits du Roi, to give pensions to writers and savants not only in France but in Europe. He took part in the creation of the Academy of Sciences as well as the restoration of the Academy of Painting. When the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres was founded by Colbert in 1663, Perrault was made secretary for life. Having written but a few popular poems, he was elected to the French Academy in 1671, and on the day of his inauguration he invited the public to be admitted to the meeting, a privilege that has ever since been continued.

Perrault laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, with his works derived from pre-existing folk tales. The best known of his tales include Le Petit Chaperon rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots), La Belle au bois dormant (The Sleeping Beauty) and La Barbe bleue (Bluebeard). His stories continue to be printed and have been adapted to opera, ballet (for example, Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty), theatre, and film. He also wrote Parallèles des Anciens et des Modernes (the Parallels between the Ancients and the Moderns), from 1688 to 1697, which compared the authors of antiquity unfavorably to more modern writers, and caused a debate that lasted for years.

Charles Perrault died on May 16, 1703.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Gr. 1-3, younger for reading aloud. Perrault's story of Puss the cat may already be familiar to some young readers, and this version, originally published in 1958, is a welcome reissue. Fischer's whimsical depiction of the enterprising cat should delight children and cat lovers young and old. For young readers who wonder about a cat wearing boots, Fischer presents a humorous double-page spread of Puss learning to walk in his new boots. Another spread pictures Puss' attempts to make fierce faces in a mirror. Why scary faces? To frighten people, of course, as Puss works to ensure his master's fortune. This will undoubtedly be compared with Fred Marcellino's 1991 Caldecott Honor Book, with Marcellino's realistic style and broad use of color standing in sharp contrast to Fischer's pencil sketches and limited palette. Fischer's pictures may also prompt savvy comtemporary readers to think of Lloyd Moss' whimsical illustrations for Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin (1995). (Reviewed November 15, 1996)1558586423Karen Morgan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Lush illustrations will draw readers into this gently funny adaptation of Perrault's story, part of the publisher's World Classics series, about the youngest of three sons lucking his way into a wife and a castle. Kim pictures the son's inherited cat as a gray tabby with ornate red boots, shrewd facial expressions, and claws that mean business (when the cat threatens to bite and scratch field workers if they don't tell the king who they work for, there's little doubt he'll make good on the threat). There's a hint of Bruegel to Kim's rural landscapes, as well as some understated humor-the supposedly fierce giant who owns the fields and castle the cat steals is first seen reclining lazily on a carpet, smoking a hookah. Simultaneously available: Rapunzel, The Wolf and the Seven Kids, Thumbelina, and The Emperor's New Clothes. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-This version is particularly accessible to the youngest readers while maintaining the integrity of the story. It is narrated in a straightforward manner, without embellishments, and the scarier elements are softened, e.g., Puss wins the castle from a magician rather than an ogre. Children may question whether he deserves his unfortunate fate, but the illustrations suggest that perhaps he is not the nicest magician on the block. In the end, the resourceful cat is forbidden to tell any more lies "...and so (like all Ministers of State) he never told anything but the truth." While older readers will appreciate the tongue-in-cheek humor, the illustrations, rendered in strong clear colors, are the highlight here. Puss's red boots are particularly snazzy, but, throughout, Lunelli balances soft muted tones with splashes of vivid yellow, green, and blue. His remarkable use of light and shadow give an overall sunny cast to the book. The smooth narrative and bright, attractive pictures make this a good choice for read-alouds. Older children may prefer Fred Marcellino's more sophisticated illustrations (Farrar, 1990), but Lunelli's style should appeal to them as well.-Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-- A striking revitalization of Perrault's classic tale. Puss, a lowly miller's cat and the miller's youngest son's only inheritance, uses his wits and his feline abilities to hoodwink a king, outwit an ogre, and marry his master off to the king's daughter, thereby making his own and his master's fortune. The text is essentially true to the original, although considerably pared down. The blunt, straightforward style reads easily and retains several of Perrault's acerbic commentaries on life. But what could have been just another edition of the story is raised above the mundane by the strength of Marcellino's illustrations and book's design. By placing title, author, and illustrator credits on the back, Marcellino has created an arresting front cover--a dramatic close-up of Puss that creates a feeling of eager anticipation and invites readers to open the book and learn this fellow's amazing story. Inside, he lives up to the cover's promise. Cropped pictures set into blocks of text, richly muted colors, and a soft, hazy focus combine to evoke a sense of looking into a fabulous past, washed in dusty sunlight, where such marvelous events are entirely possible. Page design is clean and spacious and, by making effective use of unusual perspectives, the artist provides readers with frequent ``cat's-eye views'' of the action, strengthening their identification with Puss and allowing them to share in his triumph.-- Linda Boyles, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.