Puss in Boots

John S. Goodall, Author Margaret K. McElderry Books $14.95 (56p) ISBN 978-0-689-50521-8
In this wordless interpretation of the famous tale, a foreword provides a page-by-page synopsis of the enterprising feline's exploits. Indeed, rendered in Goodall's ( Little Red Riding Hood ; The Story of a Castle ) rich, expressive watercolors, text would seem superfluous. His Puss is a masterpiece of slyness and guile, whose ingenuity in advancing his master's fortunes is matched only by the boundless energy with which he carries out his schemes. Supporting characters--Puss's master, the king and his courtiers, country peasants and especially the hideous, rotund ogre whom Puss tricks out of his lands--are presented with sure, vivid strokes, as are the castles and countryside which comprise the story's setting. As is typical of this gifted artist's works, partial pages alternate with those of regular size--a witty device that provides numerous surprises. Every spread contains an array of splendid details, and also offers a powerful springboard for the reader's own imagination. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
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