10th September 2012

The Owl and the Pussycat reviewed in The Wall Street Journal

Of all the children who have known and loved Edward Lear's 1870 poem "The Owl and the Pussycat," who among them, I wonder, knows that Lear was the epileptic 20th child of a London banker as well as an admired landscape painter? These captivating facts can be found in the short biography that opens a new edition of Lear's most famous verses, "The Owl and the Pussycat and Other Nonsense" (Palazzo Editions, 192 pages, $14.99).

The book has a pale, soft feeling, with mostly taupe pages and with mostly earth colors in Robert Ingpen's delicate yet forceful illustrations. Along with Lear's nonsense poetry, there is a reproduction here of an autobiographical letter that the author sent a friend before he embarked on what he thought would be his final foreign voyage (it wasn't) and a fanciful discursion from Mr. Ingpen on the botany of Bong-tree Land, to which the Owl and the Pussycat, of course, "sailed away for a year and a day." Those looking for an excuse to introduce Edward Lear to a child need look no farther than this handsome edition, timed to celebrate the bicentenary of the great man's birth.

Read the full article on the WSJ here.

Find out more about Robert Ingpen's illustrated edition of The Owl and the Pussycat and Other Nonsense.

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