Puss in Boots
Puss in Boots

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Annotation: A translation of the French fairy tale about the cat who with a sack and a pair of boots gained a fortune for his master.
Genre: Fairy tales
Catalog Number: #246325
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Square Fish
Copyright Date: 1990
Edition Date: 2011
Illustrator: Marcellino, Fred,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-312-65945-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-36055-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-312-65945-5 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-36055-6
Dewey: 398.2
LCCN: 90082136
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Horn Book
Large and strikingly original illustrations embellish a straightforward retelling of the famous story of the cat who made his master's fortune by trickery and cleverness. The pictures have a medieval air and are filled with sly details. A noteworthy edition of a familiar story, splendid for reading aloud.
Publishers Weekly
Perrault's tale has never received a more faithful yet remarkably original treatment,"""" PW said in a boxed review. """"Marcellino's luxurious and skillfully designed paintings startle in their complexity and beauty."""" All ages. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
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
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Opulently designed and handsomely illustrated, this picture book provides a fitting showcase for Perrault's artful tale of deceit and resourcefulness. Unsullied by type, much less by hype, the striking front of the book jacket features a close-up portrait of the cat's face. Befitting a fairy tale, the artwork inside is suffused with a golden light that proclaims the story to be from a sunnier, more dreamlike world. Even the endpapers and the letters on the pages seem touched with gold. The large type lends itself to independent reading by children, while the ample proportions and dramatic compositions of the softly shaded full-color illustrations make the version equally effective for reading aloud to groups.
Word Count: 1,438
Reading Level: 4.6
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 59922 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.4 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q09429
Lexile: AD790L
Guided Reading Level: M
Fountas & Pinnell: M

Puss in Boots has been interpreted countless times since the classic French tale was first published in 1697, and Fred Marcellino provided an unstinting visual feast in his version. The adventures of that rascal, Puss, and his master, the miller's son, are portrayed in a lavish series of illustrations that range from sumptuous grandeur to comedy both boisterous and sly. Book lovers young and old will want this Puss in Boots on their shelf of special favourites.Fred Marcellino's illustrations are infused with golden light and summer warmth in the sun-dappled woods and beside the fields of ripe grain. Many of his paintings show a masterful use of perspective; the reader sometimes looks down on a scene as though from a balcony, or from below, at a huge charging lion.


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