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The owl and the pussycat sail away on a long journey to save the walking, talking Bong Tree.
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Eric Idle, a former member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, adapts Edward Lear's poems and drawings into a delightful retelling of the tale of "The Owl and the Pussycat." Filled with jokes for adults and children alike, this is a delight to the ear. Idle exuberantly performs a dozen different silly voices, sings at least as many silly songs, and has the tone just right. Idle breaks the chapters frequently, often commenting on the title, and even integrates the instructions to turn over the tape into his narration. Puns, social commentary, gentle humor, and old-fashioned storytelling are woven into a well-paced whole by this comedic veteran. G.T.B. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, MaineFrom Kirkus Reviews:
When a Monty Python alum offers a novelization of an Edward Lear poem, it's practically guaranteed to be a Silly Walk. Evolution's very governor, the fabulous Bong Tree, has disappeared from a museum on the shores of Lake Pipple-popple, and two parties are out to track it down: the nefarious Fire Lord with his sulfurous but inept minions, and the familiar furred and feathered sweethearts. It's a long chase, over sea, the Great Gromboolian Plain, and the Land of Water, past Pie-rats, reanimated dinosaur fossils, and the Mulberry Jam Pits, with all sorts of Learian flora and fauna to be met along the way--some of it ready to burst into song. The Fire Lord imposes an Ice Age that leaves Owl frozen solid, but Pussycat's kiss melts bird and climate too; all rush off just in time to save the Bong Tree (which closely resembles a wilted leek) and bombard the Fire Lord with pies. The wedding proceeds, to the tune of the ``Wedding April'' (March is too cold for weddings), and Owl and Pussycat are last seen ``hand in hand on the edge of the sand,'' dancing by the light of the moon. Illustrated with a mix of Lear's sketches and new pen-and-ink drawings in the same spirit, this delivers the kind of funny business for which Idle is known, and will probably appease adult Python fans who wish to pass on a gentler form of the lunacy to their children. (Fiction. 10-12) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Dove Audio, Los Angeles, CA, 1996. Audio Cassette. Two Audio Cassette Tapes in Excellent [As New] condition, housed in a colorful cardstock case only a little wear, but is somewhat 'crushed', casuing two short tears [Good+]. Overall, Very Good. Based on the Poems, Drawings, and Writings of Edward Lear. Performed by the Author. Audio Book: Cassette Tapes. In an age when children are all fed the same diet of movies and TV shows, Eric Idle's work speaks to the individual, the special creative person in each child. The story, the style, the humor lets me laugh while reading it to children, and lets them laugh while hearing it (not to mention the laugh they get watching me laugh). The point? This is a wonderfully written story that pleases and amazes children and adults. We purchased this tape set for an extended driving vacation with three children of elementary to middle school ages. We ALL enjoyed it thoroughly. Who knew that a simple silly poem could spur such story-telling? Just writing this review makes me want to pull out the tapes and listen again!. Seller Inventory # 41648