Saturday, June 5, 2010

Cats' Night Out

Cats' Night Out
By Caroline Stutson; illustrated by J. Klassen
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010. Unpaged. Picture book.

As evening falls, the cats come out to dance on the streets and rooftops, taking over the town. They dance all night until the neighbors holler, "Cut it out!"

Illustrations using a sophisticated, toned palette featuring deep, muted colors sets the perfect nighttime mood for this book, textures adding depth and life. The rhythm of the text has a definite swing to it, making this a fun read-aloud and one that will get children tapping their toes along with the cats! Children will also enjoy counting the cats as they multiply in numbers until the "...city cats slip off to sleep." This is a fun take on a counting book!

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