breaking copyright laws

lots of pussy talk
even though it’s about cats
it’s still way too much

In order to study up for the BookFest this weekend, I went out and bought some George Saunders books today. While I was at the store I picked up a board book for the wee-er one.

It’s called The Owl and the Pussy Cat. Verse is by Edward Lear. When I bought it, the title seemed giggle-worthy, but innocent enough. Right? Well, just wait…

Oh, and before I show you what I mean, I would also like to note that the address of the publishing company is 950 Stud Road.

OK. Here is what I just read to my daughter:

"The owl and the pussy cat went to sea. In a beautiful pea green boat. They took some honey, and plenty of money, wrapped up in a five-pound note. The owl looked up at the stars above, and sang to a small guitar, Oh, lovely pussy, oh pussy my love, what a beautiful pussy you are."

Not many things make me blush, you guys, but dude.


5 thoughts on “breaking copyright laws

  1. Oh, so THAT’S where that line came from! In the Winnie the Pooh movie we have (from, like, the 70s) Owl talks about his cousin who fell in love with a pussy cat and went to sea in a pea green boat. I always thought it was the most random line. Now at least I know where it came from. Not that I’m running out to get THAT book. Egads.


  2. i love george saunders. love love love love love love love. love. oh, love. his short stories SLAY me. (i think i said this already, onlist?).
    love. love love. love.


  3. I didn’t think it was appropriate in the 70’s when the kindergarteners started giggling at the phrase “pussy cat.” Of course this was the same inner city nursery school where we would find (used) condoms on the playground. Kids shouldn’t have to grow up so fast.


  4. The Owl and The Pussycat is a story/poem that has been read to children for generations. Why make something dirty or suggestive out of it. The author NEVER intended for it to be anything other than what it is…just a poetic story. Oh, you of the young and not-so-innocent generations. Do you have to interpret things as sexual just to enjoy them? That’s truly sad.


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