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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144241202X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442412026
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,786,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tanaka's...atmospheric paintings portray a pair of cats who spend their nights in the same way, under the same moon, though they never meet.... Godwin's...verse is economical and intelligently constructed; wit and action fill her two- and three-word lines. It's an interesting turn on the city mouse and the country mouse; it's clear that both ways of life suit the cats and allow them freedom. The reluctance to give either one primacy carries a quiet message of concord."

--Publishers Weekly, May 30, 2011

“Godwin’s spare, rhymed verse lends itself to the hushed tones of a bedtime read. Tanaka’s muted, ochre-cast acrylics are a good match for the text…cat fans will enjoy this sleeping and waking tale that starts and finishes on the end papers.”

--Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2011

“The brief, rhymed text changes size to match the rhythms of the cats’ adventures, and the rich acrylic paintings create an air of nighttime mystery. An ably told and atmospheric romp.”

--School Library Journal, August 2011

“[A] twist on the familiar is enlivened by Godwin’s succinct verse…and by acrylic art in which Tanaka captures the serene and agile feline grace…. A pleasing bedtime adventure that could also engage small groups.”

--The Horn Book, November/December 2011

"The moonlit scenes are sophisticated yet accessible...a satisfying double story and illustrations created with considerable finesse."

--Booklist, October 15, 2011

About the Author

Laura Godwin grew up in Alberta, Canada. She has written many well-loved books for children, including Barnyard Prayers, Little White Dog, Happy & Honey, and co-authored The Doll People, The Meanest Doll in the World, and The Runaway Dolls. She lives in New York City.

Yoko Tanaka is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She has illustrated Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker and The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo. She lives in Los Angeles and Bangkok.  You can visit her at

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I received this book unsolicited and don't have young children any more but have read this Canadian author before and personally enjoy a good picture book.

This is a bedtime story, showing the nighttime frolics of two cats while their respective child owners sleep. It is also a variant on the city vs country lifestyles as one lives in the city and one in the country. The paintings by Tanaka are beautiful, realistic and yet full of a dreamtime quality. The cat's eyes have a sleepy, sly look to them. Important to the story are the endpages which I didn't fully realize until the middle of the book. The front endpages show us the setting of the story (though we don't realize it yet) in the moonlight and the back endpages show us the same scene as sun is dawning. As we watch each cat frolic and play it is the centre page which brings it all together as the endpage scene is repeated and we see one cat on top of the bridge and the other under the bridge. They live close to each other! One in the town, the other in the nearby farm country. A great delight as one slowly awakens to this realization. Godwin's text is sparse and written for the very young. Word choices are short and descriptive. Sentences follow none/verb and noun/verb/object structure mostly. What this amounts to is a deceptively simply, yet delightful picture book that will capture the heart of any cat lover.
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This is one of our almost every-night reads. As many times as I've read it to the kids, I never get tired of it. Which is good.
We read it very often.
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More About the Author

Laura Godwin, author of Forest, has written several I Can Read Books under the pen name Nola Buck, including the popular Creepy Crawly Critters and Other Halloween Tongue Twisters and Santas Short Suit Shrunk and Other Christmas Tongue Twisters, both illustrated by Sue Truesdell. Ms. Godwin lives in New York City.

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