Title: Puss in Boots, the Sequel
Author: Joseph Stanton
In: Troll’s-Eye View (Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Fairy tales, Poetry
Publisher: Firebird Fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: that his former master barely discerns
Why didn’t such a smart cat outsmart his owner? Well, maybe he did.
I don’t think I’ve read the original tale of Puss in Boots. Although I have read a few retellings over time, and I thought that doing new take on an old classic using a poem was a quaint and attractive way in which to do so. This was quick, sharp, shiny and straight to the point. It was also well written, fun and great at highlighting the triumph of beast over man.
One of the things that I love about poems is the way in which a single page, or a few lines can quickly get the point across. If this tale was told in prose form, it would take at the very least a few pages of writing, not the quick, and descriptive wording that is conveyed in poetry.
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