A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A little girl sneaks out through the pet door with her cat and parties all night, but it is all an imaginative adventure. Everyone joins in and has fun.
Positive Role Models
The little girl does sneak out at night, but it's made clear that this is just a fantasy.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids will enjoy this pleasant little story, especially those who like cats and wonder where they go at night. The story is set in an imaginary nighttime world where animals wear clothes, talk, and dance. Also, the little girl is able to make herself small enough to sneak out through the pet door.
Is It Any Good?
John Burningham creates a dreamy, imaginary world where cats, kids, and a couple of dogs mingle in a night full of frolicking fun and fantasy that kids will love. The story is fanciful and friendly, definitely told with a certain Alice's Adventures In Wonderland flair. And the artwork is enchanting: Burningham's illustrations are simple yet stunningly creative. His pencil-drawn, painted characters are cut out and placed against backgrounds that are either absent of color or dark with the mystery of night, all of which adds to the secret.
From the moment Marie Elaine discovers the cat decked out in a green feathered hat and red jacket, the adventure begins. Marie Elaine is able to change size, follow the cat through a maze of buildings, and even meet the queen at the rooftop dance. And in the end, curled up on the couch with the cat, the girl is awoken from her dream by her mother. Kids may not love the ending, but they will cherish and enjoy the journey.
Multi-media artwork that includes pencil drawings, collages, and paint is expressive and whimsical, and quite unique.
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