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
“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
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.Published 19 months ago by Ana Lee Wade
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.
A cute story about a bunch of dancing cats recounted with poetic prose. Nice illustrations. The kind of book you look at in the library with your kids, but don't check it out. Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by A. Alexander
Cats, counting, music and dance are brought together in one rhythmic and oh-so-stylish book. Meant to be read aloud -- especially in your dancing shoes!Published on July 11, 2011 by Linda Ashman
An utterly charming text for counting and cat lovers of all ages, with illustrations to match!
Grab your favorite toddler and dance to the beat!
My three year old loves this book. The pictures and cadence are terrific. We have even developed our own jazz tune for reading.Published on October 2, 2010 by Aydin Keskiner