Night Walk

Night Walk

by Claudio Munoz, Jill Newsome
     
 

Flute the cat and Daisy the dog are friends. Daisy loves to go out, while Flute likes to stay at home. But one night, when Daisy needs help during a visit to the park, Flute discovers she can be brave. She also discovers that some things—including her preference for a quiet house—will never change.

Funny, affectionate illustrations that perfectly

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Overview

Flute the cat and Daisy the dog are friends. Daisy loves to go out, while Flute likes to stay at home. But one night, when Daisy needs help during a visit to the park, Flute discovers she can be brave. She also discovers that some things—including her preference for a quiet house—will never change.

Funny, affectionate illustrations that perfectly capture the personalities of shy Flute and rambunctious Daisy accompany this jaunty tale of adventure and friendship, which offers reassurance for nighttime anxieties and a cozy ending that’s just right for bedtime.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The art...consistently extends the text's inherent humor...pet protagonists exhibit an Oscar-worthy range of expressions..a pleasing interpretation" PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY Publishers Weekly

"Munoz's work reflects a loving familiarity with canine and feline personalities...Children will recognize their own pets...in...pleasing paintings" BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"...suspenseful tale...gracefully executed watercolors add charming details... and illustrate the bond of friendship...in an expressive manner. Appealing selection." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
Husband-and-wife team Newsome and Munoz (Dream Dancer) trot out a frisky if familiar tale of a homebody cat who ventures outside with her more daring canine companion. Opening at daybreak, the text and visuals quickly establish the contrast between the animals: "Daisy rushes wildly upstairs" (the first of two vignettes shows the dog bounding up the steps; in the second, she hops upon her master's bed to wake him) and "Flute just stretches and yawns" (a single illustration shows the languid cat). The plot follows standard outlines as Flute summons the courage to follow Daisy to the park one night and ends up rescuing her from a ferocious creature. The art, relayed in full-page illustrations as well as vignettes, consistently extends the text's inherent humor. Munoz demonstrates an almost cinematic ability to advance the story line, and his pet protagonists exhibit an Oscar-worthy range of expressions. In one scene, for example, a group of menacing cats perched in a tree look down at the cowering Flute; in the facing illustration, in which Daisy frightens the others away, Flute poses nonchalantly in the center, licking her paw with a butter-wouldn't-melt-in-her-mouth demureness. A pleasing interpretation of a tried-and-true theme. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Daisy the dog and Flute the cat are household pets who need a break from routine. Every day is the same until Flute takes a chance and follows Daisy on a walk in the park. These anthropomorphized animals are self-determining, with their human owners suggested but mostly unseen. As Flute confronts real and imagined dangers in the dark, other nocturnal creatures join the adventure. Together, the animals save naïve Daisy from a judgment error involving a wild cat. The story includes a lesson in animal safety (the wild cat is guarding her kittens) and teaches appreciation for a quiet night at home. Basic skills vocabulary ranges from approximately first to fourth grade. The illustrations cue and supplement the text with color and detail that will engage primary students. Originally published in Great Britain, it is a well-written tale of dog and cat friendship and a useful text for emerging readers. 2003 (orig. 2002), Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin, Ages 4 to 8.
— Tina Dybvik
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Flute, a cat who enjoys a tranquil life at home, is curious when her canine friend, Daisy, returns one morning from a walk in the park and tells her stories of rabbits and squirrels. The feline decides to venture beyond the garden gate and take a night walk with Daisy. Poor Flute is overwhelmed by strange sights, sounds, and smells, but the dog loyally protects her friend. When Daisy gets into trouble with a wild cat, Flute bravely rushes in hissing and spitting to rescue the cornered pup and learns that the feline was simply protecting her kittens, and they all become friends. Once home, Daisy invites Flute to come to the park again, but she decides that although an occasional adventure can be exciting, "a quiet house is better." This suspenseful tale will keep children as wide-eyed as Flute, as they follow the pets on their adventure. The gracefully executed watercolors add charming details to the story and illustrate the bond of friendship between Daisy and Flute in an expressive manner. This appealing selection can be paired with Leslie A. Baker's The Third-Story Cat (Little, Brown, 1987; o.p.).-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618324583
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/24/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Claudio Munoz has illustrated a number of books for children, including LITTLE PIG FIGWORT CAN'T GET TO SLEEP by Henrietta Branford and NIGHT WALK by Jill Newsome, both for Clarion. He was born and raised in Chile and now lives in England.

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