Pounce de LeonAuthor Tim Wynne-Jones Illustrated by Alfredo Tapia ISBN 9780889955103 Binding Trade Paper Publisher Red Deer Press Inc Publication Date February 26, 2014 Size 248 x 191 mm
Pounce found Mrs. Florida Brown on a bad, bad night on the rainy side of town . . .
Pounce de Leon, a mischievous, loving cat, adopts Mrs. Florida Brown as his constant companion. Pounce's job is to look after the aging Mrs. Brown. If her knuckles ache, he lets her pat him for a good long time. When her tummy acts up, he sits on her until she feels better. And if she's lonely at night, he lets her curl up right there beside him.
Most of all, Pounce is fascinated by the view from the jumbled house into the jungle-like garden filled with overgrown plants and trees. When Mrs. Brown speaks of a mysterious, beautiful girl and a lost fountain of youth, Pounce sets out on a quest to find it for his loving owner.
In this delightfully whimsical story, the award-winning Tim Wynne-Jones, author of the classic Zoom series, takes us on a cat's journey of discovery and adventure. Mexican painter Alfredo Tapia's art beautifully conveys the lush world of the garden where Pounce de Leon might just find the means to rejuvenate Mrs. Florida Brown and rekindle her zest for life.
Was born in England, grew up in British Columbia and Ontario, and studied at the University of Waterloo and York University. His writing career began when he won the $50,000 Seal First Novel Award for Odd's End. Since then he has written dozens of books, numerous radio dramas, a children's musical, an opera libretto, short stories and songs for television's Fraggle Rock. He has received the Governor General's Award, the Horn Book Award, The Vicky Metcalf Award and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award, among others. Tim and wife, Amanda Lewis, reside outside Perth, Ontario.
Is a leading talent among a group of artists from Guerrero, Mexico, whose work is distinguished by its realistic and detailed portrayal of the beautiful people, land and sea of the coastal fishing town of Zihuatanejo. He worked amidst the flourishing art community of Guadalajara before returning to Zihuatanejo to open his studio to share his vision with young artists at his popular art classes. His works are displayed at El Museo Arqueologio de la Costa Grande and the prestigious Galeria Galart.
"Pounce has never seen a fountain of youth in Mrs. B's dark, sepulchral house - a wonderfully atmospheric gloom has been conjured up in oils by Alfredo Tapia. . . Kudos to Tim Wynne-Jones for a perfectly plotted picture book that also plays with the Ponce de Leon myth in a most enjoyable way."
— The Globe and Mail
"It's not your typical set-up for a kids' story, but it works - through the manipulation of tone and perspective, Wynne-Jones creates a strongly defined world."
— Quill & Quire
"Tim Wynne-Jones' warm and gentle tale of devotion is accompanied by illustrations by Alfredo Tapia, whose paintings convey not only the loneliness of Mrs. Brown, clutching her bag and umbrella in the dark rainy night, but also the joyful awakening in the lush green of her garden as she sits by the fountain, dressed in white, and cuddling adventurous and devoted Pounce."
— Okanagan College Library
"Pounce de Leon is a tender, touching story, beautifully amplified by the expressive paintings of Alfredo Tapia."
— Midwest Book Review
"In Pounce de Leon, Tim Wynne-Jones has created the sunny story of a small kitten who enters the life of Mrs. Florida Brown, a lonely older woman whose life is dominated by an unexplained grief. Told entirely from the kitten's point of view, and brought to life by the lush watercolour paintings of Alfredo Tapia, the tale is a cheerful account of how small things can make a big difference."
— Canadian Literature