What a hoot: The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Julia Donaldson and Charlotte Voake
Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Charlotte Voake, The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat is textually, artistically and lyrically without fault. The story is slight yet strong; rich but not heavy; intelligent without being pretentious. Accompanying the amusing and touching story are beautiful colour illustrations by Charlotte Voake that complement without cluttering.
It’s a risky thing to attempt a follow-up to such a classic. Edward Lear’s original poem didn’t need a sequel, but I think the author of A Book of Nonsense would be delighted by this Part II. The unlikely couple are still in love and still eat with the ‘runcible spoon.’ As they lie one evening in a blissful embrace, a thieving crow pinches the cat’s wedding ring. A magical odyssey follows, featuring gossamer gloves, a Pobble with no toes and a Dong with a luminous nose. Despite a few mishaps, all ends happily for the happy couple.
This is the perfect book to read with a child by the fire on a winter’s afternoon.
Why not watch Julia Donaldson’s introduction to The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat below?