Thu 29 Jul 2010
She combines all of them into her latest book, Cat’s Night Out (Paula Wiseman Books, 2010).
The rhyming book teaches numbers through 20 as it tells the tale (tail?) of cats enjoying the night life. And it’s getting good reviews. Here’s what Booklist had to say:
“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, two cats samba in white, while nearby four more felines boogie in saddle shoes and poodle skirts, and six 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.”
And now, here’s what today’s guest reviewer, Brooke, has to say:
Our reviewer: Brooke Punzel
Things I like to do: Ride rollercoasters, ride my bike and go to waterparks.
This book was about: Cats dancing on a city street.
The best part was when: They did all their different dance moves and wore new outfits.
I laughed when: The cats were dancing by the stoplight. It was really funny!
I was worried when: The cats were dancing on the clothesline in the city and a tall tree because I was afraid they would fall off.
I was surprised when: The neighbors started yelling at the cats when they were meowing and dancing too noisy.
This book taught me: Not to walk on the clothesline. It also taught me lots of dance names. I recognize some of the dances from the show “Dancing with the Stars.”
Three words that best describe this book are: “Fun.” “Counting.” “Cute.”
My favorite line or phrase in this book is: “Four cats boogie, rock to blues in poodle skirts and saddle shoes.
Other kids reading this book should watch for: The mean neighbors and also for the rhyming words.
You should read this book because: It’s funny, and the cats are cute. If you like cats and like to count it’s a good book. If you like dogs, you might think it’s boring.
If you’d like to learn more about Caroline Stutson, visit her website.
If you’d like to learn more about illustrator J. Klassen, visit his website.