Kittycat Lullaby

Kittycat Lullaby

by Eileen Spinelli, Anne Mortimer
     
 

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When the sun sets, it's time for Kittycat to go to bed. After all, she's had a very busy day of scaring mice and swatting yarn balls. Beautifully illustrated by Anne Mortimer, this lyrical poem offers a lullaby to help Kitty (and children) drift into sleep, and a gentle reassurance that bad dreams will stay away.

Author Biography: Eileen Spinelli is the author

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When the sun sets, it's time for Kittycat to go to bed. After all, she's had a very busy day of scaring mice and swatting yarn balls. Beautifully illustrated by Anne Mortimer, this lyrical poem offers a lullaby to help Kitty (and children) drift into sleep, and a gentle reassurance that bad dreams will stay away.

Author Biography: Eileen Spinelli is the author of many books for children, including When Mama Comes Home Tonight, illustrated by Jane Dyer; Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, illustrated by Paul Yalowtiz; and Night Shift Daddy, illustrated by Melissa Iwai. Eileen lives in Willistown, Pennsylvania.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Youngsters will be attracted by the excellent watercolor illustrations accompanying this rhyming story, and parents will find it a reassuring lullaby to read to toddlers. Kittycat, the tabby cat shown throughout the book, looks as soft as a whisper. She has been busy all day with the ordinary activities of a domesticated feline. She plays outside, chasing rainbows and hiding in the grass, and then scratches the door, asking to be let into the house. She plays with balls of yarn, climbs on the furniture and makes a mess when she knocks over paint cans. Then it's time to wash her whiskers and climb into her basket. Although early in the story Kittycat is credited with scaring the mice away, it appears she has a little mousy friend who shows up in each illustration. Kids will enjoy spotting the tiny mouse as the pages are turned and at the end of the story, cat and mouse curl up together peacefully as they settle in for the night. 2001, Hyperion, $14.99. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-This gentle rhyming poem recalls a kitten's day: "Sniffing pots of catmint/Prancing on the chairs/Knocking over paint cans/Underneath the stairs." The realistic watercolors depict an inquisitive, tiger-striped cat and his companion, a little brown mouse that consistently appears on the right-hand side of the pages. Introduced on the first page when the text mentions the feline "Scaring mice away," the lively rodent often mimics the actions of the cat. Indeed, the two enjoy a peaceful coexistence, and in the last frame are curled up together, fast asleep. Many of the beautiful, detailed illustrations have a static quality, though the kitten looks so soft that children will want to pet it. Best for one-on-one sharing, this soothing lullaby will be enjoyed by young children, cat lovers, and fans of Mortimer's artwork, but it is not an essential purchase.-Robin L. Gibson, Perry County District Library, New Lexington, OH Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A young kitten is softly serenaded off to sleep in this cozy tale. Playful rhymes highlight a bustling day in the life of a kitten: scampering after mice, stalking through the lawn, and wreaking havoc with its insatiable curiosity. As twilight falls, the sleepy feline clambers into a favored basket and settles in for a peaceful snooze, secure in the fact that the loving narrator will watch over her. Spinelli's (In My New Yellow Shirt, p. 746, etc.) comforting poem gently moves readers from playtime to bedtime. Her rhymes are a beguiling blend of whimsy and wonder; interspersed among wry verses that capture the frisky nature of young felines are simple lines filled with bewitching imagery. "Smile your cozy cat grin / Purr your drowsy purr / Snuggle as the bright moon / Dapples down your fur." Mortimer's gorgeously detailed, life-like watercolors depicting the rambunctious feline will have readers reaching out to stroke the impossibly soft-looking fur. She also adds a dash of sly humor to her illustrations. Throughout the tale, a mouse can be spotted in every spread, with sometimes just a tail or inquisitive ears visible. This game of cat and mouse concludes with the final illustration showing the two blissfully snuggled up together, fast asleep. Warm and inviting: an ideal wind-down tale for bedtime. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786824007
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.54(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.84(d)

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