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Puss in Boots: 05/20/08
Since this website and blog is a geeky pun on "Puss in Boots" it makes perfect sense to review a book adaptation of the classic fairy tale. My son's favorite version of the story is Puss In Boots by Rochelle Larkin for the "Favorite Fairy Tales" series.
Three brothers inherit the worldly possessions of their miller father. The youngest son gets his "wonderful Cat" and ends up the wealthiest of the sons. The cat who has the ability to dress like a man in coat and boots goes in the service of the local king. Of course one of the tasks he accomplishes is the defeat of a local ogre in a way befitting of a mouser.
My sons' favorite part isn't the defeat of the ogre. He prefers the part where the Cat hides his master's clothing while he's swimming in the river.
Larkin's adaptation simplifies the story in parts and she picks words that are easy to read (a bonus for my son who is now reading). The book is illustrated by Loretta Lustig who brings a 1940s feel to the book.
This book was published twice with slightly different titles: Puss In Boots for the Favorite Fairy Tales Series and Puss 'N Boots for the My Very First Storybook series.