I Walk at Night (Picture Puffin Books)

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9780142300909: I Walk at Night (Picture Puffin Books)

In the dark of night a sleek prowler sneaks through the kitty door. Although content to curl up in a warm lap in the bright sunshine, when eyelids close, the lure of the outdoors calls to the wandering feline. And the ever mysterious, always curious explorer embarks on a midnight journey full of dreams. Lois Duncan's quiet, evocative text and Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher's lush paintings depict the elusive "other life" of one familiar housecat.

"Young feline fans will be drawn to this portrait of cats doing what they do." (Booklist)

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From Kirkus Reviews:

A first-person narration puts forth an imagined version of a cat's inner thoughts as it prowls through the night, and the events are more hushed than the horror-movie title implies. In spare, irregular rhyme, Duncan (Trapped!, 1998, etc.) leads readers on a walk as a house cat goes to ``tread on silken toes,'' ``lap from china bowls,'' or ``dream of birds and fishes.'' The text, while hardly warranting an entire picture book, sets a mood for the tranquil, moon-drenched oil paintings. Each spread is so soundless, it will have readers tiptoeing through the pages, imagining the soft padding of cat feet or the mysterious mewing of a contented kitty. Outlines of string give the cat cunning definition, as do blocks of color that create an unbroken sense of night, subtly laced with a smattering of block-printed stars, moons, and clover. While the cozy paintings are sure to please, the oddly unsatisfying poem hovers around the edges, hinting at the mysterious nature of felines, but failing to deliver adventure, surprise, or true delight. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 1-4-Soft, luminescent illustrations created with string and oil paints on textured paper highlight this pleasant, though unexceptional short poetic description of a cat's multifaceted personality-docile pet by day, untamed beast in dreams, adventurer by night. The double-page images are carefully crafted and artistically presented. The only jarring element in this eye-pleasing package is the placement of text in boxes of pale color that often contrast too sharply with the deep twilight shades against which they are set. Alice Schertle's I Am the Cat (Lothrop, 1999) is a short volume of descriptive verse, humorously illustrated, that young cat lovers will relish.
Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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