Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Owl and the Pussycat Illustrated by James Marshall

I am delighted to constantly find Edward Lear's poem The Owl and the Pussycat beautiful illustrations depicted by various artists in their own distinctive styles. Today I am sharing really fun illustrations by James Marshall for the classic romantic poem from the 1800s. 

I came across this gem while browsing on Pinterest. (It's surprising how many wonderful things people share on Pinterest). I instantly got drawn towards the images by James Marshall for there humors watercolor sketches. The owl and the pussycat are shown in wide brimmed hats, driving in a chauffeured car and departing in a majestic ship , a grand take on "pea-green boat". The characters appear so real and the setting so fine that you would want to take a cruise with them. It's a story parents will love to read to their children who will then cherish it forever.

The description of the book on Amazon says it all. " The Owl and the Pussycat of Lear's ballad are truly made for each other, as depicted by James Marshall in these poignant, slaphappy illustrations. Only Marshall could have shown us the Owl serenading the pampered Pussycat on the deck of the S.S. Dorabella, or the Pussycat posing for travel photographs, or the happy couple's goofy wedding dance "by the light of the moon."