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Puss in Boots (based on the story by Charles Perrault)

Kirstein, Lincoln (Retold by) and Illustrated by ALAIN VAES

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ISBN 10: 0316895067 / ISBN 13: 9780316895064
Published by Little, Brown & Co., 1992
Used Condition: As New Hardcover
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STATED FIRST Edition, SECOND Printing. A FLAWLESS volume in same condition UNclipped dust jacket. Awesome color illustrations throughout by VAES. Mylar protected jacket. Author was one of the founders of the New York City Ballet. He appreciated felines. Bookseller Inventory # 000977

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Title: Puss in Boots (based on the story by Charles...

Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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A clever cat brings great fortune to his poverty-stricken young master, in a witty new version of the classic fairy tale, enhanced by sumptuous, richly detailed artwork.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 1-4-- This retelling of Perrault's classic reveals a talent for dramatic, well-paced storytelling and some of the flair that has made Kirstein's name a legend in the world of ballet. His slight changes--a magic feather, a compression of incident, alliterative read-aloud prose--enhance the tale, but the text's real strength is that it's a perfect match for the drop-dead illustrations. In contrast to Marcellino's interpretation (Farrar, 1990), which features mellow northern neo-classicism, Vaes evokes a world of high baroque splendor and rococo exuberance. Balletically posed figures and snapshot-vivid faces compete for readers' attention with stunningly defined settings, every detail picked out by light of theatrical intensity. Art-history in-jokes abound; identifiable gems of 17th-century architecture (Vaux-le-Vicomte, the Chateau de Chaument) are peopled by figures from El Greco, Valasquez, Watteau et al--while the king wears W. C. Fields's face. Museum-piece props and sumptuous costumes set off deliberately exaggerated proportions and unexpected perspectives. Puss himself is a triumph: utterly feline, regally poised. Original, witty, gorgeous, allusive, this is a book to pore over and purr over. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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