Reviewing one of my favourite poems – The Owl and the Pussycat

I have always liked poetry. I write quite a few poems myself and I am most happy to see that my daughter at 10, is already showing signs of writing some pretty good verse. 🙂

One poem that has always amused me and that I like is The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. I can see that I am not alone in this as it was voted the the most popular childhood poem.

It is a ‘nonsense poem’ meaning that it does not make complete sense and indeed it does not have to because it is entertaining and fun and has a great rhyme scheme and makes for a great song for children.


So when I was invited to review the book – The Owl and the Pussycat, I was thrilled at being able to introduce my children to a poem that I learnt in my childhood and that I really liked.

And what made this review even more exciting is that there was a continuation  – The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat by Julia Donaldson. What fun! I like Julia’s books because they are so entertaining and the children adore The Gruffalo.

I was also very curious to see how Julia Donaldson would approach the book.

Well, if you didn’t know, The Owl and the Pussycat is a poem about a cat marrying an owl. they go off to sea in a pea green boat and dance by the light of the moon.


The book of course, lists the poem by Lear and incorporates beautiful images and a lovely print. It is one for the home library.

The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat detail how the wedding ring is stolen and how the Owl and the Pussycat travel far to get it back.

Julia Donaldson has incorporated the original style of Lear, using similar stanza lengths and language. I thought it was a brave thing to do to try and emulate Lear and it looks like Julia has not failed us on this one.


Obviously it will be a big hit with Donaldson fans but it will also remind people of the original poem by Lear that many will remember from their childhood.

The book comes with a CD so it is great for younger children who can’t read as they can still enjoy it without their parents reading it to them.

The illustrations totally capture the magical atmosphere and seem to transport you into another world where the ‘Bong Tree’ grows.

It is a book that is perfect for a Christmas gift and needs to be added to the home library. The books can be read both independently and together but in my opinion, they go perfectly well together.

 Disclaimer: I was sent these books to review. All ideas and opinions are my own.

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