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When the old miller dies, his youngest son has no way to earn a living. All he has inherited is a cat. But what a cat! Decked out in an elegant pair of red boots that add necessary swagger, and using quick wits and a nimble tongue, the daring Puss talks them both into a fortune.The ingenuity and sheer shamelessness of Perrault's feline hero has delighted readers ever since ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by NorthSouth (first published 1901)
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Shanna Gonzalez
Fred Marcellino's artistic interpretation of Puss in Boots, narrated by a spare translation of Perrault's original story, is nothing short of impressive. The book is a visual feast, its fantastical events unfolding with their own strange coherency. The mood of this book is a bit darker than Galdone's, with the puckish Puss killing rabbits for the king "without mercy or compassion" and the giant's ogreish meals peeking out from under silver trays as servants glide past Puss on his way up the lush ...more
Dolly
Oct 10, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Oh, Goodreads, will you ever cease to amaze me?

I discovered this interesting green "read book*" button beneath the cover icon of the book I was just reviewing (Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault, illustrated by Fred Marcellino - the one that received the Caldecott Honor in 1991.)

Below the green button was an explanation that the book available was a different edition from the one I had read. So on a whim, I clicked the button and checked it out. So this review is for the ebook from The Planet,
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Julie
The text in this book could say, "blah, blah, blah" and I would still give it 5 stars. That is how amazing the illustrations are!!
John Yelverton
Never really understood this story, but it's still a good children's book.
Traci
"Puss in Boots" by Charles Perrault always brings a smile to my face. Now when I think of the character I think of the character adapted in the Shrek series. The tale begins by a father passing away and leaving his belongings to his three sons. The youngest son gets Puss and he doesn't know what to do with a cat. Puss can talk, and tells his owner to give him a pair of boots so that he can walk and bring a fortune to his owner. Puss goes about capturing various things to bring to king to impress ...more
Dolly
Oct 10, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun tale about a wise and resourceful cat who helps his new master, the miller's son, become rich beyond his wildest dreams. The story is entertaining and the cat is amazingly clever.

The illustrations by Fred Marcellino are classically detailed, too and certainly worthy of the Caldecott Honor.

We've read a couple of different versions of this story, including one by Paul Galdone and another by Steve Light. In all three cases, the story is very much the same, so the illustrator's touch
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Felisa
TRADITIONAL LITERATURE - HERO
Arthur, Malcolm. Puss in Boots. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1990.
Setting: Medieval France
TARGET AUDIENCE: 2nd to 5th grade
Caldecott Honor Award (1991)

What first appealed to me about this book was the front cover. There is no title, only the serious, pensive looking cat. The cover sets the tone for how heroic Puss is in helping his owner, the youngest son of a miller who inherits him. Puss tells his master that he will be helpful to him if he gives him a snac
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Verónica
En principio parece ventajoso
contar con un legado sustancioso
recibido en heredad por sucesión;
más los jóvenes, en definitiva
obtienen del talento y la inventiva
más provecho que de la posición.


He visto que muchos piensan que no debería ser clasificado como un cuento infantil por la actitud de nuestro amigo el gato, pero debemos recordar el tipo de cuentos infantiles que se escribían hace siglos, estos que a mi parecer siempre serán mejores que cualquier intento de adaptación actual, stop Disne
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Lindsay Garber
1. Personal Reaction: The French version of Puss in Boots is a catchy folktale full of mischief and thrill! When a cat named Puss becomes an inheritance to Miller's youngest son after he dies, Puss has great plans to make the youngest son royalty. With a pair of red boots, Puss believes that the King will believe anything! Both the illustrations and text provided make for an exciting and entertaining short story that any child or adult will love!

2. Purposes/Use in the classroom:
-Read aloud to m
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Kim Vu
Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault, and translated by Malcolm Arthur, is a story that tells the orgins of Puss in Boots. A cat left to a miller's younger son, he asks for a pair of boots and a sack in which he is able to con the King into thinking his owner is a lavish Marquis, to which he marries the princess and lives in a castle formally owned by an ogre.

I am actually quite surprised this is a children's book as it has a lot of lying, stealing, threatening, and even murder, that results in the
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Wyatt Fessenden
Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault is a retelling of the classic tale of the same name! It tells the story of Puss and his love for his master. His master was only left with Puss when his father died, and he had nothing else but him. He did not think that the cat would provide anything for him. The cat sought out to prove him wrong and get him into the royal court.

The illustrations in this book are magnificent. The Caldecott Honor Book features beautiful colored pencil drawings by Fred Marcelli
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Bryanna Johnson
This book was a definte great read. I very much enjoyed all of the mischief and antics that Puss in Boots caused. When first approaching the book, I came with only prior knowledge of Puss in Boots from pixar animations, such as the Shrek series and the Puss in Boots movie. All of which showed him as a very cocky and sure-of-himself cat, with marvelous fighting skills. The book's cover showed the Puss in Boots as a great renaissance times lord. This gave the reader some insight as to what time pe ...more
Zether Zether
Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault is about a very clever cat. The cat’s owner died and he was given to the youngest son, who was very distraught and thought he would have to eat the cat to keep from starving. Puss did not want to be eaten and told the son that he had get the best inheritance from his father. The son did not believe him, but Puss said he would prove it in exchange for boots and a sack. Having little left to lose, the son got Puss some boots and a sack.

Puss caught rabbits and othe
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Yonaily
My cat from hell

No entiendo por qué está calificado como un cuento para niños, ya que me parece muy mal la actitud del gatito. No creo que sea un buen ejemplo para los infantes. Yo creía que el personaje principal de ésta historia sería una minino dulce y adorable. Me sorprendí al descubrir que es un ladrón que emplea engaños y mentiras para salirse con la suya. Sin embargo, me gustó.
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Jay Gillespie
Puss in Boots, written by Charles Perrault illustrates the fabled classic taken all the way back to it's inception in 1697. It follows the fun-filling, Puss, and his master the Miller's Sonare in spontaneously colorful mishaps in the French city-scene. Although they take on adventure of their own, they both stay true to themselves forming a unique relationship with each other.

Puss in Boots is a comedic/adventurous tale of the talented Puss and his master, but also emphasizes their friendship.

I w
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Cristina
Este cuento me ha gustado tanto porque me ha sorprendido. Todos conocemos al Gato con Botas de Shrek y aunque es un gran homenaje a este personaje (mira, un pareado), la historia obviamente dista mucho de la original.

En este caso no encontraremos ni ogros con buen corazón, ni burros parlantes, ni princesas encerradas en una torre (ahora que me doy cuenta Shrek tiene guiños a un montón de cuentos clásicos) sino la historia de un astuto gato con botas que con su inteligencia le asegura un futuro p
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Abbie
I love this one. The illustrations are fabulous; I'm always disappointed when I try to pet the cover, and it isn't soft and furry. Plus, the ghoulishness of the original is preserved. What threat is greater than being ground into sausage meat!?
Leslie Kress
Puss in Boots is a story about a clever, yet deceitful cat who helps his master marry a princess. I found the illustrations to be the best part of the story. They were colorful, detailed, and very descriptive. The book won a well-deserved Caldecott award. I’m not sure if I would read this book to my first grade students. Puss and his master advance because of Puss’s dishonesty, selfishness, and lack of remorse. I feel like there is not a clear lesson for young children and sensitive children mig ...more
John
Puss in Boots is a traditional fairytale. Just like most traditional literature, there are three brothers, as three and seven are common used numbers in traditional literature. It is the youngest son, however, who becomes are other main character. Puss in boots is a fantastic cat who uses trickery to catch rabbits and then even impresses the king. He continues using trickery throughout the story. Puss defeats a powerful wizard and gets the youngest son into royalty all with trickery. This book w ...more
Kim
Although there are many versions of this fairy tale, this book contains beautiful illustrations. This version won the Calddecott Honor Award.It was published in 1998. This fairy tale is about a very smart cat. The cat's master is the miller's son. Puss goes on a journey that results in his master becoming a very rich man. The miller's son inherited his father's cat upon his death. He was so sure that he had no future and was destitute. Parts of the story could be scary or harsh for some children ...more
Kimberly Morris
I found this book very funny. It started off with the youngest son being left with a cat, so he thought he had nothing. Little to know, the cat was very clever and did a lot of work in catching game to give to the king, saying it was from his master. Puss continued his clever ways, and tricked so many different people, that in the end, his master was very pleased with the outcome. The illustrations in this book were also very well done, it wrapped me into the story being able to see the differen ...more
Jimmy Reyes
I was pleased at first with a wonderful portrait of Puss. Your eyes automatically are captured and your attention is brought to this whimsical portrait of Puss and his oversized red velvet hat has you smiling and wondering what adventures lay ahead. The life and times of Puss and his master begins as we are introduced to the Miller’s sons who have already divided the estates fortunes among the three sons. Without any property or donkey, the youngest Miller is left to wonder what is he to do with ...more
Zechariah
Puss in Boots is a fairly fun folktale in relation to its Brothers Grimm contemporaries. It's very brief, not more than ten full pages, but there's quite a bit of content packed within those pages.

We meet an unnamed man who has received from his father an inheritance... that is, a cat. Meanwhile, his oldest brother got dad's mill, and his second oldest got a donkey. Now, a mill could be quite useful in eking out a living, and a donkey could be a decent addition to a farm. The youngest son consid
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Rachel
This classic French fairy tale, originally collected and published by Charles Perrault in 1697, is translated by Malcolm Arthur for this version. I'm sure I have read the story before, but did not remember it. Of course, I had seen the "Shrek" spin-off movie and yes my cat did have a Spanish accent because it is easy to do when I was reading the story to my son. In the story, Puss is the inheritance given to the youngest of three sons. The youngest thinks he has gotten the short end of the stick ...more
Mrs. Jones
PUSS IN BOOTS is smart and will make you laugh and want to read more. Read my book review to get an idea about the book. And it’s a really interesting book with really amazing characters.
A miller of three sons died and gave the three sons things of his. One son got the mill, another son got a donkey, the last son got nothing but a cat…a very clever cat. When you read the book it interests you with the words and how the characters act. The beginning and end was so surprising, and the middle inter
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Estefania Flores
This was a funny and witty tale that I think would entertain any child. Though it is a little on the complicated side when it comes to reading it is enjoyable and understandable. The book was set in the olden days with kings and queens and poor folk. There are three brothers and they each get an even gift from their father in his will except the third that gets a mangy old cat. The brother thought that he could at least eat the cat and enjoy one good dinner. The cat though got smart and made a d ...more
Maggie
Caldecott Honor, 1991

A story of questionable ethics, Puss certainly demonstrates impressive business acumen as he cheats his master's (and his own) way into fortune. Nearly every page has illustrations and text together, though the illustrations are framed. The framing recalls the fairy tale nature of the story, as the illustrations themselves look as though they were painted on canvas, so the reader gets the impression of looking on a medieval or renaissance painting with text accompanying.
Hillary
I really enjoyed this version! It was so charming, the illustrations were fantastic, and it was very cleverly told. I found myself falling in love with Puss in Boots and found him very fun. Would be a hoot to read to young readers, they would enjoy Puss' antics and would really have fun with the story! *Read aloud with a British accent . . . so much more fun for kids and they will really get into the story!
Ietrio
Mar 17, 2015 Ietrio rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: junk
I don't get it: why do people insist reading this horrible stories to the children. Probably it is just a habit: they were read to them and they do the ritual all over without really caring for the values they are teaching.

A story about lies. How about the free men living in the country? F them! My master needs a title. No wonder children raised with such stories turn into monsters.
Lindsey Watson
This is one of the most beautifully illustrated books I have read in a long time. I pictures are so rich and detailed and full of color. The author does a amazing job of bringing the text to life. In Boots begins with a father who dies and his three sons claim what their father left for them. The last son was not happy because his brothers received gifts that seemed more valuable than what he inherited which was a cat. The cat turned out be a great gift after all because he was not a regular, he ...more
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Charles Perrault was a French author who laid foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, and whose best known tales, offered as if they were pre-existing folk tales, include: Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Puss in Boots, Cinderella, Bluebeard, Hop o' My Thumb), Diamonds and Toads, Patient Griselda, The Ridiculous Wishes...

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