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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: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 46 pages
  • Publisher: Islandport Press; Second edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934031232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934031230
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Meg Sumner TOP 500 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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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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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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This is a pleasant story book with beautiful illustration. At the time we bought this book we had a black cat, which our 2 year old daughter likened to the cat in the book. When our cat recently passed away, our daughter asked us where she had gone and we told her that our cat at gone to the forest to hunt rabbits, like the cat in the book. No further questions, no sadness - it was a given that her beloved friend had gone off to the forest to hunt rabbits, and she cheerfully reminds us of this fact often. Sappy though it may be, our cat lives on in the pages of this book and in our daughter's imagination.
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This is a wonderful children's book. The illustrations though simple are well conceived. Every page shows a scene how we would see it at night in blacks and whites and the following page has how the cat can see it in color and additional aspects are revealed. The story is simple yet is written in language that will develop vocabulary. A really nice book.
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By Prudence on September 7, 2014
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Gosh, I love this book, and more to the point, so does my three year old granddaughter. Full of mystery and beauty, gorgeously illustrated, elegant even...it's truly special. Even though we've had the book since last Christmas, she still asks for it. A keeper!
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This was my favorite book when I was young a I seemed to have lost it, so I bought this one for my son. Then I bought one for my friend's son.

The hardbound book comes with a dust jacket as well.
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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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