Interview and Book Review: The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat (Coral Rumble and Charlotte Cooke)
* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
Publisher: Wacky Bee Books
Release Date: April 4th 2017
Two children and their imaginations set sail from their living room on a voyage around the world! Read along as they spy an extraordinary array of characters doing even more extraordinary things…? With bright, fresh illustrations and a playful style, this rhyming book, based on the classic Edward Lear poem The Owl and the Pussycat, is a wonderfully quirky adventure.
This is a fun and inventive take on the popular nonsense poem The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. I love that it’s written and illustrated by a mother and daughter team – it’s so cool to do things like that in a family!
I read this with Little Moore as soon as it came through the door, and he’s had it before bed several times too. The gentle rhyming and pastel colour scheme mean it works great as a bedtime book.
In this book, the owl and pussycat are two dressed up children who are having an imaginative playtime with a cardboard box. They meet lots of colourful and quirky characters on their journey and Little Moore loved pointing at all the different creatures. It’s a fun one to read aloud and I’m sure it’ll become a favourite with Little Moore as he grows older.
The illustrations are really beautiful and perfectly capture the words of the story and bring it to life. I loved the colour scheme – it’s different to a lot of the more cartoony coloured books on his shelves and that makes this one stand out.
This is a really great addition to Little Moore’s shelves and I hope you’ll check it out!
I’m super excited to have author of The Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat on the blog today for an interview. Welcome Coral!
- What made you want to write a book based on The Owl & The Pussycat?
Charlotte – my daughter and the illustrator of Owl and Pussycat – suggested it as she loves the poem.
- Are you a big fan of the poem?
I love the poem, too, and have done since childhood. It creates wonderful and wacky images, and has an enchanting musicality.
- Are there any other nonsense poems you’re particularly fond of?
The Jumblies is my all time favourite.
- Would you rather go to sea with an owl or a pussycat?
Great question. I suppose it would depend on whether I wanted the benefit of wisdom or the protection of an expert scrapper!
- What would you take to sea with you? Honey? Money? Or something else?
Perhaps it would be good to have a flare gun.
- What’s your favourite picture book?
I have many favourites, it’s impossible to choose, but Where the Wild Things Are is glorious!
- What’s the hardest thing about writing a picture book?
Getting the unity of vision to work, between writer and illustrator, is the hardest part. It was very easy to work with Charlotte!
And a few quick fire questions to end with:
- What are you reading now?
The Other Half Lives, by Sophie Hannah
- Favourite book as a child?
The Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
- Favourite writing drink/snack?
Chocolate or nuts (or both)
- 5 desert island books?
The Bible, of course.
The complete works of Shakespeare, goes without saying.
Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy – it was my first encounter with romance
The Understudy, David Nichols – makes me laugh out loud
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres – makes me laugh, cry and luxuriate in the wonderful landscape.
- Favourite place to read?
In the bath, or on a beach.
- Any hidden talents?
I love football, and can still score the odd goal.
- What fictional world would you love to live in?
I’d love to be a companion to one of Jane Austen’s heroines. I’m sure it would give me great amusement.
Thanks to Coral for joining me here today! You can find out more about Coral and Charlotte and follow the blog tour below.
About the Author
I have worked as a poet and performer for many years and I’m proud to have my work featured in Favourite Poets (Hodder). I have three published poetry collections of my own and have contributed to more than 150 anthologies. I am also one of the writers of the popular Cbeebies programmes ‘Poetry Pie’ and ‘The Rhyme Rocket’. I have given workshops in some fairly unusual venues as well…the grandest of which being Buckingham Palace!
About the Illustrator
I was thrilled and proud when my picture book The Adventures of the Owl & the Pussycat was highly commended for the Macmillan Children’s Prize in 2010. Since then I have gone on to illustrate many other picture books and I enjoy making the occasional card too. When I’m not in my studio I’m usually outside running or playing referee to my two kids.
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