Pounce de Leon by Tim Wynne-Jones

Pounce de Leon

Written by Tim Wynne-Jones
Illustrated by Alfredo Tapia


Pounce de Leon by Tim Wynne-Jones

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.


Quill & Quire: ...Tim Wynne-Jones s newest, Pounce de Leon, features a cat in the role of explorer-hero. ... Pounce moves in with Florida Brown, a lonely older woman in desperate need of companionship and invigoration. In order to restore his adopted owner s vitality, he decides to seek out the fountain of youth depicted in a photograph hanging over her mantel. It s not a typical set-up for a kids story, but it works through the manipulation of tone and perspective, Wynne-Jones creates a strongly defined world. As a secondary benefit, the story references the actual explorations of Juan Ponce de Leon, best known for his legendary quest to find the mystical fountain of youth. ... Mexican artist and illustrator Alfredo Tapia s dark and impressionistic pictures communicate Florida Brown s move from a dark and isolated world to one more animated. Review: The Globe & Mail 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.

About the Author

Tim Wynne-Jones

Tim was born in Cheshire and moved to Canada at the age of four. He now lives in the wilderness in Ontario, in a house he designed himself, which sits on 76 acres of rough and tumble landscape, the perfect inspiration for The Survival Game.

Tim began his writing career one summer holiday using a rented Smith Corona electronic typewriter. His first book won a prize, and Tim decided “this writing thing might be fun”.Since then, he has won numerous awards including the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year Award three times; the American Library Association Popular Paperback for Young Adults; the Edgar Award of the Mystery Writers of America for The Boy in the Burning House, and the Governor General’s Award, twice, for Some of the Kinder Planets and The Survival Game.

A few little known facts about Tim:

- He co-wrote sixteen songs for the Jim Henson show Fraggle Rock.

- He is lead singer and songwriter in a band called Louis the Dreamer.

To read an extended biography of Tim, click here.

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28 pages


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Red Deer College Press,Canada

Publication date

27th October 2016



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