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Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney brings a beloved fairy tale to new life
Jerry Pinkney, one of the country's most celebrated picture book creators, is a master at reimagining classic tales. Now he has turned his talents to Puss in Boots, and he is at his best with this lively, cinematic version.
For generations, children have delighted in the tale of the clever cat who tricks both a king and a sorcerer in order to win a castle and a princess for his penniless master. The humor, the magic, and a lush Renaissance setting are all on glorious display, and a well-placed gatefold adds to the drama. This elegant new edition of Perrault's fairy tale will quickly join the list of essentials for every child's library.
"On the heels of his Caldecott win for The Lion & the Mouse, Pinkney offers another masterful visual interpretation of a classic narrative, albeit one with less gravitas. Wearing mittens newly knitted by their mother, the adorable and feisty kittens frolic outdoors with three birds (one sporting a woolen hat, one a striped scarf, one a shawl). Readers will delight in spotting dropped mittens among fallen leaves before the kittens announce their losses to their mother. Rendered in graphite, color pencil, and watercolor, Pinkney's sparkling-eyed young cats--in bows, bells, and lace--are almost impossibly (and perhaps overly) cuddly and precious, exuding boundless energy and capricious emotions. The author's tweaks of this rhyme lighten its tone slightly: the mother cat calls her kittens 'careless' for losing their mittens and 'silly' when they dirty them eating pie--never 'naughty.' Pinkney adds a sly final flourish: playing outside, one kitten has already dropped the knit cap that her mother has just given her. A cozy domestic drama set within a rich, autumnal wonderland that begs exploring. Ages 3 5. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
“Throughout, the sense of play is fun and contagious.”
“An appealing update of a perennial favorite.”
“Pinkney offers another masterful visual interpretation of a classic narrative.”
“This is another superb entry in the artist’s catalog of classics for a new generation.”
“This familiar tale comes to life with vibrant illustrations that are full of action and warmth.”
“Another winner from a most talented book creator.”
Young children all know the Mother Goose rhyme of the kittens who have lost their mittens, but they've never seen it illustrated with so much energy, beauty, and flair. Preschoolers will delight in these cuddly kittens as they frolic outside in the falling leaves, get their whiskers sticky while eating a just-baked apple pie, and do the washing-up under Mama Cat's watchful gaze.
Caldecott Medal-winning, New York Times bestselling author/artist Jerry Pinkney brings a gloriously vivid palette, delightful details and tremendous warmth to his version of this favorite nursery rhyme.
A beloved Caldecott Medalist presents this irresistibly pretty and playful adaptation of a favorite rhyme about the three little kittens and their brand-new mittens. Full color.
About the Author
Jerry Pinkney, recipient of the 2010 Caldecott Medal, is also a five-time Caldecott Honor winner and five-time Coretta Scott King Award winner, among many other honors. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.