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Puss in Boots: 08/01/10
We own a copy of Puss in Boots, a retelling by Rochelle Larkin which I reviewed in May 2008. That said, my daughter was attracted by the bold cover illustration on the 1991 reissue of Malcolm Arthur's 1977 translation of Charles Perrault's version.
The 1991 reissue has new illustrations by Fred Marcellino. It was his first time illustrating a children's book and it was a Caldecott Honor book for that year.
Plotwise there isn't much difference between Larkin and Arthur's versions. They are both working from the same source material. No, it's the illustrations. They are bold, colorful and worthy of framing. After reading the book once to my daughter we flipped through the book a couple more times just taking about Marcellino's work.