Twitter Tumblr FlickrFacebookContact me
This Month Previous Articles Author Title Source Age Genre Series Format Inclusivity LGBTA Portfolio

Recent posts

Month in review

Reviews
100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson
1 2 3 A Child's First Counting Book by Alison Jay
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Book of a Thousand Days (audio) by Shannon Hale
The Case of the Left-Handed Lady by Nancy Springer
Cats' Night Out by Caroline Stutson
Copper by Kazu Kibuishi
Curious Georges Learns to Count 1 to 100 by H.A. Rey
The Daily Comet by Frank Asch
Dandelion Fire by N.D. Wilson
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Farm by Elisha Cooper
Fly Free by Roseanne Thong
Goddess Interrupted by Aimée Carter
Hard Hat Area by Susan L. Roth
Hot X by Danica McKellar
Job Site by Nathan Clement
Mr. Maxwell's Mouse by Frank Asch
The Naked Mole-Rat Letters by Mary Amato
Ouran High School Host Club by Bisco Hatori
Pirate King by Laurie R. King
The Precedent by Sean McMullan
San Leandro by Cynthia Vrilakas Simons
The Secret Shortcut by Mark Teague
Venues by Richard Bowes
Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
The Wailing Wind (audio) by Tony Hillerman
With Hearts Courageous by Jon Steven Nappa
xxxHolic 08 by CLAMP
Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

What Am I Reading
April 02, 2012
April 09, 2012
April 16, 2012
April 23, 2012
April 30, 2012

Previous month

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Cats' Night Out: 04/13/12

cover art

Cats' Night Out by Caroline Stutson was one of my daughter's favorite books when she going through her cat story phase. Over the course of a night, ten pairs of well dressed cats come out to dance to night-time jazz melodies along Easy Street.

It is a counting book, a dancing book and an eye-spy style book. Each page spread has an even number cats to count and a hidden number to find. The rhymes are in keeping with the jazzy music the cats are said to be listening to. Children can learn to count by twos and will be introduced to different names of dances. Klassen's illustrations uses black and white and earth tones to give a sense of night while relying heavily on patterns and repetition. It's eye catching but good for hiding the number.

As the cats are drawn wearing 1920s/1930s style clothing the dances included in the book are in keeping with the era. There is no mention of modern dance or music styles. Teachers or parents could expand on the book by asking children what dances, costumes and music could go together for a modern day dance night. Finally children can be asked to describe the different costumes the cats are wearing. They can compare and contrast the cats and put them into groups

Four stars.

Comments (2)


Name:
Email (won't be posted):
Blog URL:
Comment:


Comment #1: Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 11:06:02

jenn aka the picky girl

Ok, you're killing me with all these great picture books. I LOVE the cover of this one.



Comment #2: Monday, April 16, 2012 at 14:34:54

Pussreboots

Cats' Night Out has the same delightful illustrations all the way through. It's worth a read just for the artwork!