Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to Sleep?

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to Sleep?

by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, Laura J. Bryant
     
 

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, the day is almost done. Not yet, Mother, I still can see the sun. Kitty Cat should be getting ready for bed, but instead she’s playing peekaboo, imagining she’s in outer space, tickling her toes, and more. Will Kitty Cat make it to bed on time? Adorable pastel illustrations rendered in watercolor paints and colored pencil from Laura J…  See more details below

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Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, the day is almost done. Not yet, Mother, I still can see the sun. Kitty Cat should be getting ready for bed, but instead she’s playing peekaboo, imagining she’s in outer space, tickling her toes, and more. Will Kitty Cat make it to bed on time? Adorable pastel illustrations rendered in watercolor paints and colored pencil from Laura J Bryant bring Kitty Cat so close you’ll want to reach out and hug her!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this cheerful follow-up to Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? a rambunctious gray kitty has plenty of excuses for not getting ready for bed, despite Mother's persistence. When she inquires, "Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat,/ did you wash your face?" bathtubbing Kitty Cat plays with a rocket ship and replies, "Not yet, Mother,/ I'm in outer space." And when she asks if Kitty Cat has brushed her teeth, the pajama-clad Kitty hides under Mother's lounge chair, clawing at the fabric, "Not yet, Mother,/ come look underneath!" But story time and lullabies finally have Kitty Cat relenting, "Okay, Mother,/ I guess it's time for bed." Bryant depicts Kitty Cat and Mother's nightly rituals with soothing watercolor and colored pencil spreads, while Martin and Sampson's call-and-response verse is upbeat, even while the action simmers down as bedtime approaches. Those who similarly postpone the inevitable will relate to the feline's playful protest, and close-up images of Kitty Cat curled in a cozy pile of patterned blankets will have even adamant bedtime-naysayers stifling yawns. Ages 3–8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A simple rhyming exchange alternates between parent and child as it playfully follows the usual bedtime routine and stall tactics. Mother is mostly heard, not seen, but shows infinite patience in getting her young one to bed. Kitty Cat moves from her energetic delays, "I know, Mother,/Let's play peekaboo!" to quiet agreement, "Okay, Mother,/I guess it's time for bed." Adorable colored pencil and watercolor illustrations support the conversation and take Kitty from wide awake to sleeping "sooo tight." The soft palette and simple details have the perfect calming effect. This bedtime choice is best shared with cuddles—and be ready to start the day with the companion title, Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? (Marshall Cavendish, 2008).—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
Kirkus Reviews
The bedtime routine for this little kitty is filled with all the excuses she can think of, fueled by her reluctance to accept the end of the day. She holds out to: take one more look at the setting sun, play one more peek-a-boo game, pretend she is in outer space instead of the bath, play with her toes instead of putting on pajamas.Martin and Sampson's simple text provides a reassuring gentleness while firmly bringing the day to a close. " 'Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, / you've finally closed your eyes.' / 'That's right, Mother, / time for lullabies.' / 'Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, / I'm turning out the light.' / 'Good night, Mother, / I will sleep sooo tight.' " While the text has the repetition and rhythm that are almost always winners in books for this age, the scansion stumbles too often for complete success. A bold green typeface balances against the pale blue, green and brown hues of the watercolor-and–colored-pencil art that displays a hint of a Japanese-print aesthetic in the bold patterns and luxuriant drape and fold of towels and blankets. These enclose a likable, if not adorable, Kitty and her patient mom, first seen in Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? (2008). The patterned, rhyming text will be welcomed by little ones at their own bedtime, but as an addition to rather than a substitute for the bedtime canon. (Picture book. 2-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761459460
Publisher:
Amazon Childrens Publishing
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
761,779
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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