Fletcher and Zenobia

Fletcher and Zenobia Our story opens with a cat stuck in a tree an ordinary enough occurrence Fletcher the cat having run up the tree in a moment of thoughtless abandon cannot get back down Then strange things begin to

  • Title: Fletcher and Zenobia
  • Author: Edward Gorey Victoria Chess
  • ISBN: 9781590179635
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Our story opens with a cat stuck in a tree, an ordinary enough occurrence Fletcher the cat, having run up the tree in a moment of thoughtless abandon, cannot get back down Then strange things begin to happen Fletcher finds in his tree a steamer trunk full of hats, and among the hats a papier m ch egg that opens to reveal Zenobia, a worldly talking doll who was locked iOur story opens with a cat stuck in a tree, an ordinary enough occurrence Fletcher the cat, having run up the tree in a moment of thoughtless abandon, cannot get back down Then strange things begin to happen Fletcher finds in his tree a steamer trunk full of hats, and among the hats a papier m ch egg that opens to reveal Zenobia, a worldly talking doll who was locked in the egg by an unfeeling child named Mabel To cheer each other up, Fletcher and Zenobia decide to throw a party, complete with cake, peach ice cream, and punch from a silver punch bowl The hats come in handy, and a moth, drawn to the festivities, soon becomes the vehicle of an unexpected escape plan A story of metamorphosis and friendship, like The Owl and the Pussycat crossed with Alice in Wonderland, Fletcher and Zenobia is a wildly imaginative tale of wish fulfillment and freedom At once silly and zany, it is not without a certain delicacy of feeling that older children, and adults, will also appreciate.

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    1. Demented and delightful children's story that exhibits a more sophisticated vocabulary than most of what passes for "grown-up" literature these days.Reading it, I was reminded of the Kinks song "Phenomenal Cat" from the Village Green Preservation Society album. youtu/upWnwfzA_i8This book was originally published in 1967, and Ray Davies wrote the song in 1968, so I wonder if that's just a coincidence.

    2. Note: *Not* illustrated by Gorey, Gorey fans! A whimsical tale of two friends who meet in a tree. Mom or dad will have to explain a few words ("withal," "ceremoniously," "disconsolately," etc.), but part of the charm of the story is its rhetorical register, and if it stretches a child's vocabulary, so much the better. Anyhow, Fletcher, a cat, and Zenobia, a doll, both find themselves inexplicably stuck in a tree without means of escape. When they throw a party to amuse themselves, a mode of esca [...]

    3. This picture book was mentioned in the fantastic "Toys Come Home" by Emily Jenkins, so I really wanted to read it. This was another $5 ILL charge, but well worth it. Fletcher is a cat who lives in a tree and Zenobia is a doll who hatches from a huge paper-mâché egg. They have a party, wear hats, dance to a gramophone, and meet a moth who presents the solution to their problem. Quirky and charming, this would make a lovely read aloud to a young child.

    4. Very old Edward Gorey, perhaps he was less morbid back then. This one is actually appropriate for children. A cat and a doll with a big trunk of supplies try to figure out how to get out of a tree. But they are too busy dancing and making massive feasts to fret too much about it. Fletcher is one very attractive fat cat character.

    5. I collect books written and illustrated by Gorey. I love his books and this is illustrated by another illustrator Victoria does a perfect job. I recommend Edward Gorey to those who enjoy darker stories and twisted humor.

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