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Children's LiteratureTelling wild stories can get a person in a lot of trouble. And so young Peter Black found himself working at the last job he would find in his town. He was the sexton of a church, and Father Allen told him that the wild stories would have to stop. However, one night when Peter couldn't sleep, he saw the lights on in the church. Much to his amazement, the church pews were filled with cats. He watched as a cat in bishop's robes placed a gold crown on a kneeling cat's head. He tried to tell Father Allen the next day, and thought he saw Father Allen's black cat listening intently. Of course, Father thought it was another of his wild stories. But the next night, another amazing sight occurred and this time, Father Allen believed him. Shepard has expanded the traditional British "King o' the Cats" in a retelling that adds marvelous detail and expands the story without losing the flavor or the storyline of the original. Sorra's illustrations, with their slightly off-kilter geometric shapes are perfectly suited. Midnight in a graveyard, black cats and shadows make this a fine choice for Halloween or anytime throughout the year when a good, spooky tale is warranted. 2004, Atheneum Books For Young Readers, Ages 5 to 9.