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Puss In Boots - Lincoln Kirstein, Alain Vaës, Charles Perrault Beautiful, rich, luxurious illustrations which, when taken on their own should easily bring a five star rating. So what does it say about the story that I am only giving this two stars? The story was choppy, parts didn't make sense, and I am not so sure I liked the message, which seemed to be get what you want in life by employing trickery, lying, and deceit (to be fair, I don't know the Puss in Boots story, so I have no idea if this in fact is the message in this tale). The only reason this gets two stars instead of one is because the pictures really are exquisite. The kids liked the story, but based on their questions, I think they also found it to be confusing and awkward in spots.