Owl sets out to woo Pussycat in a boat laden with fruit from their Caribbean island and with a guitar at his side, ready for serenading.
As they sail off across the sea, another story unfolds in the water beneath the boat. One by one, exotic sea creatures swim into the picture and small yellow fish seems to be looking for someone.
Jan Brett brings the magic of the Caribbean to her exquisitely detailed illustrations of Edward Lear’s charming poem.
Timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Lear's birth, this collection gathers several of Lear's poems, including "The Jumblies," "The Duck and the Kangaroo," and "Calico Pie." Ingpen contributes lush paintings throughout broccoli-haired Jumblies float in a sieve in the pale sea, and a nude old man runs for cover after animals devour his pork chop trousers and pancake coat in "The New Vestments." By the time readers reach the final poem, they'll be in agreement with its sentiment: " How pleasant to know Mr. Lear!'/ Who has written such volumes of stuff!/ Some think him ill-tempered and queer,/ But a few think him pleasant enough." Ages 7 9.