TITLE: Cats' Night Out
AUTHOR: Caroline Stutson
ILLUSTRATOR: J. Klassen
PUBLISHED BY: Simon & Schuster
Discovering a book like this is the number one reason why I love independent bookstores. This Sunday I made my way up to Politics & Prose in Washington to finish up my Christmas shopping. Their Children's section is truly the best in the city, and I spent a good hour perusing their picture books finding many treasures I had not discovered before--including (and most especially) Cats' Night Out by Caroline Stutson and illustrated by J. Klassen. It was released in March, but has it been placed on any mainstream bookstore shelves? Alas, I have not seen it.
I hope you'll seek it out, because it is awfully fun. Stutson has written charming rhyming couplets describing the adventures of city cats in the evening--they dance, they dress up, they have a ball. The illustrations are great: the amber glow of city lights illumine the cats adventures, stylized, vaguely retro, almost like a stage set for a broadway play. Lots of fun.
Honestly, I don't know why there hasn't been more buzz about this book. I was charmed instantly. It is perhaps not as clever as John Burningham's It's A Secret which received a good deal of (deserved) attention as last year--but it is in the same class: fun, imaginative, wonderful to look at.
|From Simon Says Blog|