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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

Ages 5^-9. The familiar tale gets a handsome new treatment in this oversize edition. A clever telling and striking art make this a most memorable version.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Lewis and Eidrigevicius here take on a more familiar tale than in their Johnny Longnose , and they give it a distinctly adult look. Lewis's translation of the Perrault classic is smooth and accessible, but Eidrigevicius's trademark surreal paintings are uniformly overcast, even murky. Though some of the illustrations are dramatic (e.g., the cat's paw extends into one frame to grab a rabbit) and others wryly amusing (a shirt forms the river that Puss's master swims in), the somber tone seems at odds with the story, in which ingenuity triumphs. This enterprise is aimed at a group far different than that addressed by the Fred Marcellino version--and one of which few children will be members. Ages 5-8. (May) (c) 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

Gr 2-4-Clever Puss is back, but he's a very different feline from the one found in Marcellino's Caldecott Honor book (Farrar, 1990). The text, ably translated by Lewis, is immediately familiar and, like the Marcellino edition, reads like a traditional fairy tale. It is Eidrigevicius's dark and somber illustrations that make this such a striking book. His flat, eerily symbolic pictures, while artistically intriguing, are also deeply disturbing. The unique style, filled with ``brooding figures and enigmatic landscapes,'' worked beautifully in Johnny Longnose (1990) and The Hungry One (1993, both North-South), but here it creates a visual interpretation that seems ill-suited to Perrault's elegant, acerbic tale. Fans of the artist will no doubt welcome this effort, and libraries with comprehensive folk and fairy-tale collections will want to add it for its unusual artistic vision. Libraries interested in more traditional treatments will find Marcellino's version still their best bet.-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.