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Kate, the cat and the moon /

After being awakened by a white cat, Kate becomes a cat herself and the two of them wander on a nighttime journey. Full description

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Other Authors: Lambert, Stephen, 1964- ,
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Random House, 2005
Edition: First American edition.
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Kate has just drifted off to sleep when a mysterious white cat appears at her window and beckons her out into the night. As Kate follows, she feels herself changing--her ears growing and peaking, her teeth growing tiny and sharp, her tongue roughening. For one glorious night, Kate roams her familiar neighborhood as a cat, jumping and prowling and climbing as she never could before. This dreamy tale, illustrated by Stephen Lambert's color-drenched pastel drawings, is perfect for bedtime reading.

Review by Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. A young girl named Kate has a secret. At night, she grows pointy ears and sleek, white fur, and becomes a feline companion for her cat. Almond, acclaimed for his novels for older readers, and noted for his exquisite use of language, writes beautifully about Kate's foray into the night, in which she and her friend wander, past dreaming houses, shady gardens, through pitch-black lanes . . . And the sky is full of dreams. A fabulous foldout, preceded by a picture of a feline-faced moon shining down, shows the cats flying through the air over scenes of sheep and couples in love. Lambert's thickly applied colors and strong, sturdy shapes give the art a robust, muscular feel that balances the dreamy conceit. The next morning other family members talk about their dreams, but when Kate is asked about hers, she says only one word, Meow. This is a pleasure to look at and listen to. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2005 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Almond (Skellig) ventures into the picture book genre with this small, lyric gem. "Once, in a shining night," the tale begins, as young Kate, summoned by a feline friend, becomes a cat herself. Lambert (Secrets in the Mist) depicts her transformation in the time it takes to run downstairs ("jump, jump, jump, jump!") with a quartet of time-lapse illustrations in a kind of windowpane view. The two cats pay a call on the moon, whose giant cat-face mirrors theirs ("It licked its tiny sharp teeth with its tiny rough tongue") and, in a full-bleed gatefold, Kate the cat and her companions fly over smaller figures of her Mum and Dad on a heart-shaped lake, and over her grandparents, captured in their youth, dancing in a curious, turreted plaza. It turns out the cats are drifting through Kate's family's dreams. The story ends with a deliciously eerie moment. "Next day the talk was all of dreams," states the text, as the family gathers for breakfast. " `I danced all night long with Grandpa at the Roxy!' `Did you dream, Kate?' `Meow,' " says the girl, with a hint of a smile. Lambert's paintings gracefully straddle the line between fantasy and reality. Fields of pink flowers and green plowed pastures under moonlit full, flossy clouds confer the feeling of both flying and dreaming. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-This bedtime fantasy is sure to earn Almond new fans. On a moonlit night (full, of course), Kate is awakened by the meow of a cat calling from her family's country garden. As she meows her reply, she begins a transformation from human to feline. She then joins her cat companion on a journey through places both real and imagined, until "the stars went out" and she must return to her bed and to human form. In the morning, Kate's family shares the dreams they had that night. The story ends with the child's "Meow" when she's asked if she remembers hers. The author's short sentences and slow pacing create a satisfying story. Their simplicity makes the book a good choice for readers who are building their independence. Children will be taken with the description of Kate's metamorphosis: her pointy ears, tiny sharp teeth, rough tongue, paws, tail, and whiskers are meticulously noted. The illustrations are a perfect match for this soothing tale, and will capture the imagination of youngsters as the girl changes. Predominantly using hues of lavender, green, and gray, Lambert creates a luminous setting for Kate's adventure. The dream world the pair visits (on full spreads and a foldout) is filled with magical scenery. This book will charm feline fanatics everywhere.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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David Almond was born on May 15, 1951 in the United Kingdom. He writes novels for children and young adults including The Savage, Slog's Dad, My Name Is Mina, The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas, and The Tightrope Walkers. He has received numerous awards including the Carnegie Medal for Skellig, two Whitbread Awards, the Michael L. Printz Award for young-adult books for Kit's Wilderness, the Smarties Prize and the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for The Fire-Eaters, the 2015 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for A Song for Ella Grey, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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