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The Cat at Night Hardcover – January 1, 2008

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"This is an underappreciated classic.  It follows a cat on his nightly journey through a farm and the surrounding area, all the while comparing what humans see to what a cat sees.  Artwork is always important to me - I grew up wanting to be a children's book illustrator - and this has some of the boldest pictures of any picture book.  The drawings, like Matisse cutouts, show what a human sees (black silhouettes against gunmetal blue skies) and then what a cat sees (pinks and greens and yellows).  Kids feel close to animals - there's a natural kinship - so seeing the world through a cat's eyes has a certain primal appeal." --Dave Eggers, award-winning author ("What is the What," "Zeitoun"), editor, journalist, publisher and screenwriter

About the Author

Dahlov Ipcar was born in Vermont, raised in Greenwich Village, and summered in Maine after her parents (the famed sculptor William Zorach and artist Marguerite Zorach) bought a farm on Georgetown Island in 1923.Thirteen years later, eighteen-year-old Dahlov, an aspiring artist, married Adoph Ipcar. The young couple left New York City in 1937 to live on the Maine farm where they first met. By the early 1940s, she had nearly given up thoughts of writing and illustrating books, but was contacted by a New York publisher to illustrate The Little Fisherman, the latest title by Margaret Wise Brown. This charming title helped launch a four-decade run that saw her write and illustrate more than thirty children's books of her own. Today, her artwork is known worldwide, with pieces in the collections of numerous renowned museums. Meanwhile, she still lives and paints in the 1860s farmhouse that she shared with Adolph for nearly seventy years.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Islandport Press; Second edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934031232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934031230
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Meg Sumner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2009
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I chose this after reading a rave review by Dave Eggers, and I wasn't disappointed. It is gorgeous and offbeat and fun. It gives you the human perspective of where the cat goes at night, then shows you the much more interesting and naughty places the cat actually goes.

My almost 3 year old loves it, and it actually passes on some useful facts on night vision and nocturnal animals. The illustrations are gorgeous enough that you'd want to frame them.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Skeen on December 9, 2009
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I purchased this book to read to my daughter at night before bed. It is even better than I expected it to be, and she absolutely loves it! I love how the pages are illustrated so well, and how each page is an example of how the cat sees and how we see at night. It is a great tool to teach children about different perspectives.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MiamiTechnoLawyer on May 8, 2010
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Somehow I missed this when I was a kid. It is a pleasure to share this story with our son. Great art, not to many words, a perfect bedtime story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Momof3 on August 8, 2010
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I am nearly 40 years old. This is one of the few books I remember from my childhood. I remember the day and night pictures and that had a wonderful effect on me. I now have 3 sons. I could not remember the name of this book so I did a google search and am so happy I found it again. I will be buying it for my kids. The only difference is the artwork appears to have been updated (my copy was published in 1969). But the artist is the same so I think it will be great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Juana Lobo on December 17, 2010
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My three year old son is an entranced with this book as I am. The illustrations are beautiful and the story really attracts the attention of young children. I think any child, whether or not they have a pet cat, would be really intrigued with this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Sherry on February 6, 2010
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This is one of the most creative cat books ever. The illustrations are amazing and it is a neat story. The only thing that would make it better is if it was a board book. Our 2 1/2 year old loves finding the animal and machine silhouettes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 11, 2011
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This is one of my favorite books to read and one of my daughter's favorites, too. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is simple yet meaningful. Must have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LFields on October 5, 2012
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This book is very colorful and has lots of things to look at on each page. This is one of our daughter favorite night time books to read.
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