Sleeping Porch

Sleeping Porch

by Ian Wallace
     
 

When the intense heat drives young Brando to sleep on the porch, he is awoken around midnight by a cat from a nearby graveyard. Together, Brando and Graveyard Cat embark upon a rollicking adventure: leaping up to the rings of Saturn, visiting the Arctic seas, scaling cliffs and sliding down slopes. Brando is certain his journey with Graveyard Cat was just a

Overview

When the intense heat drives young Brando to sleep on the porch, he is awoken around midnight by a cat from a nearby graveyard. Together, Brando and Graveyard Cat embark upon a rollicking adventure: leaping up to the rings of Saturn, visiting the Arctic seas, scaling cliffs and sliding down slopes. Brando is certain his journey with Graveyard Cat was just a dream, but finds that he can’t be entirely sure . . . This imaginative tale is perfectly complemented by Ian Wallace’s charming illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Ian Wallace has a well deserved reputation in Canada's juvenile literature market, and The Sleeping Porch reflects Wallace's ability to make science fiction come alive. Young Brando and his nighttime/dream companion, the Graveyard Cat, do flips through the rings of Saturn and then enjoy Artic ice treats, only to face Artic acrobatic challenges. The context of the story helps young readers understand that Brando is in that mysterious zone between fantastic dream and nightmare. For much of the book, the text is set off in a box amidst Wallace's evocative pen and ink illustrations. Children who are still having trouble separating fantasy from reality and bad dreams might have trouble seeing how Brando's dreams do not need to be threatening, no matter how bad they might seem in the middle. Perhaps the best place for this book is in the bedroom library of a child who is beginning to work on overcoming his or her own night terrors. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

Evocative writing and outstanding watercolors meld in this dream fantasy. After setting the scene on a sweltering summer night on a sleeping porch, Wallace lifts both young Brando and readers into cool night flight. With guidance from a Maine coon cat visiting from its War of 1812-era grave, the boy and his feline friend fly from Saturn's rings to sculptured icebergs. Readers tag along for a toe dip in the cold ocean, then a taste of ice. When melting icebergs cause tidal danger, Dad helps Brando awake enough to watch Graveyard Cat do a trademark "jaunty pirouette," then disappear into the dust. Wallace's writing shines with phrases like "shadows shimmied in the grass" and "the ocean swelled, sporting smart white caps." The majority of the illustrations are powerful spreads featuring scenes such as leaping right whale pods, as well as more serene views with nimble details of the porch's antler chandelier and a moonstruck wall of windows. These features keep The Sleeping Porch from being just another sleep fantasy.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

Kirkus Reviews
On a night "hot enough to wake the dead," Brando and his family seek relief on the sleeping porch. Sure enough, leaping through the screen from the cemetery below comes a ghost cat: "Hot dog, it's a hot night," it yawns, before taking Brando on a fanciful tour of the night sky, past the melting city, through Saturn's rings and a pod of flying right whales to an iceberg on "a sea of shimmering ice." Wallace modulates his tale from reality to fantasy and back again nicely, the events of Brando's nighttime adventure unfurling with the nonsensical logic of a dream. Sensuous language puts readers directly into the moment: The bits of ice Brando and Graveyard Cat enjoy taste "like winter on their tongues." The dialogue between the two tends toward stiffness, however, as do some of the cool, watercolor compositions; the gorgeous, silvery blue-and-green fantasy panoramas of whales and icebergs succeed brilliantly where some of the close-ups do not. In all, a quietly whimsical way to beat the heat. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780888998262
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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