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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Series: Paula Wiseman Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416940057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416940050
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It’s Saturday night on Easy Street, and this jazzy counting book reveals that the city’s hot spots are its rooftops, fire escapes, and alleyways, where pairs of cool kitties dance the night away. As music rises into the night air, 2 cats samba in white, while nearby 4 more felines boogie in saddle shoes and poodle skirts, and still 6 more tango in capes on fire escapes. Their numbers increase, until finally, when 20 hep cats conga on clotheslines, the neighbors revolt. Stutson’s syncopated rhymes sport fun flourishes of dance and fashion vocabulary (“Twelve town tabbies do the twist, / swinging their hips in dotted Swiss”) and a catchy refrain, but it’s Klassen’s atmospheric, retro illustrations that take the lead. The stellar digitally rendered illustrations in a muted gray and brown palette may resonate more with urban sophisticates than children learning their numbers, but the detailed cityscapes, hidden numbers, and appealing big-city cats will give little ones plenty to explore. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Kristen McKulski

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“Klassen’s eye-catching digitally rendered urban streetscapes resemble the sets of classic musical theater…The subtle charms of this lighter-than-air confection should delight young connoisseurs of dance and style. —School Library Journal

"the detailed cityscapes, hidden numbers, and appealing big-city cats will give little ones plenty to explore."—Booklist

"a comely counting book."—Kirkus

"...Klassen’s retro-looking illustrations of a posse of cool cats, in pale pink tuxedos and poodle skirts, are fun to look at. Lights dimly glow in the background from elegant French casements and alley tenements alike, as though the black, white and gray cats had the free run of the city."--New York Times, August 15th 2010

More About the Author

Caroline was born in New York City, grew up on Long Island, and now lives in beautiful Colorado. She's the author of ten published picture books. When she's not writing or reading, she loves taking walks with her dog Seymour. She also has fun storytelling as a member of the Spellbinders. Whenever she can, she tutors elementary school students and does presentations during school visits.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Cats that go out to dance at night. I know I've seen this trope done before, but it's hard to remember where. I suppose "The Alley Cat's Meow" by Kathi Appelt is the best example. Still, considering how graceful and lithe cats tend to be, you'd think it would be a more common occurrence in your average picture book fare. As it stands I think that "Cats' Night Out" by Caroline Stutson is a rare and wonderful little book, and not just because it involves fancy dance felines. This book has moves. It pops and snaps and works in not just a couple of kitties tripping the light fantastic but also a storyline that counts by twos. Add in an illustrator that, hands down, has created my favorite cat-related images of 2010, and you've got yourself one of heckuva fancy feast.

"From the alley, music drifts. / Shadows sway to a trumpet riff." Light dims as a sun sinks low between two buildings. Into this twilight "Two cats samba, dressed in white, / on the rooftop Saturday night." Then it's four cats doing the boogie, six cats tango, and eight cats look simply marvelous tapping in their pink tuxedos and canvas spats. These terpsichorean tabbies continue to multiply by twos until finally, when "Twenty conga left and right / in splashy florals, plaids, and stripes," the neighbors canst stands it no more! Trying to get some sleep they tell the cats to shut down the dancing, which they do... until the sun sets the next night. Then, "Two cats waltz by neon light / in black half-masks on Sunday night."

I know that if you're a children's librarian like myself then your children's room has counting books galore. Oh, the counting books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By souzamama on November 22, 2012
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My 10 month old daughter can't get enough of this book and wants to read it over and over! I love that it features a variety of dances from tap to samba to polka. We make the music sounds to go with each dance... it's a great learning opportunity for little musical minds.

Creative and cute, an Instant hit between the concept and the prose.
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By Sarah on May 20, 2014
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When reading this book I personally find the cadence and rhyming a little unusual, and some spots where the words do not rhyme when read by my husband, who is British. That said, it does not decrease our enjoyment of this clever book about dancing cats. Our daughter enjoys it and we like that it features an urban environment, which is somewhat uncommon in storybooks. A fun addition to our library.
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By Ana Lee Wade on February 5, 2014
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This was a cute book and cute pictures. My granddaughter loves cats so I knew she would like this book. Some of the pictures remind me of the movie The Aristocats. Fun book.
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By OR nurse on December 18, 2013
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Caroline Stutson has hit the ball right out of the park with this book. Young children will appreciate her writing style and the
illustrations are fabulous.
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I don't know how I've missed this one before. Klaussan is my husband and my favorite illustrator (I Want My Hat Back, The Dark) and my stepson loves kitty cats. I really can't wait to see his face light up at this one.
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By ns6891 on July 24, 2013
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I only purchased this book because I am a fan of Jon Klassen's delightful illustrations. The writing was pretty neat too, but the visuals were enough of a reason to put this on my shelf.
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