Published by Wacky Bee Books, 2017.
The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat is a lovely picture book collaboration between mother and daughter. It begins and ends with verses based on the Edward Lear poem, except in this story the owl and the pussycat are a little boy and girl (perhaps a brother and a sister) in fancy dress who have made a boat out of a cardboard box. They have a pair of pants for a sail and a broom handle for a mast. They set sail from their living room floor, and their imaginations take them on an exciting adventure. On their journey they encounter swashbuckling pirates, all sorts of sea creatures, and a particularly naughty seagull.
The lively illustrations are packed full of detail; there’s plenty to notice and smile about. I also loved spotting the little extra details in the illustrations. For example, the name of the pea-green boat is Petit Pois, and the puffin flying to the moon and back in an aviator cap and goggles is a nod to Amelia Earhart.
The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat is great fun and a joyous celebration of the magic of imaginative play.
Suitable for children aged 2+
Thank you to Wacky Bee Books for sending me this book to review. I reviewed this book as part of The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat blog tour.