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Cats' Night Out (Paula Wiseman Books) Hardcover – March 23, 2010
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"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
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"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."
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Creative and cute, an Instant hit between the concept and the prose.
The digital illustrations are reminiscent of mixed-media watercolor and the brown, grey and muted tones capture the nighttime urban landscape perfectly. The cats, with their serious expressions as they sashay across the pages, are adorable. Truly eagle-eyed readers will spot hidden numbers woven into each picture, on signposts, above windows, carved on doorway lintels and the like. I found the "14" hardest to spot, but it is there. The rhyme is clever and infectious, keeping the story moving along nicely. Cats' Night Out makes counting by twos incredibly fun and would make a fabulous bedtime read.
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This book is pretty short, but it rhymes, which my kids like and also is a good introduction to counting by twos. They pick this pretty often for a bedtime book.Published 3 months ago by Danielle
This book is so, so cute. It teaches counting, dances, and is otherwise just adorable. Would recommend it to anyone, girl or boy.Published 7 months ago by Le Chat
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 on February 5, 2014 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.