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Night Cat

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  57 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The simple and evocative tale of an intrepid cat's adventures on one dark night in a spooky, moonlit garden.

Oliver the cat lives in a house with a garden, a garden full of light and shadows, full of things that dance and flutter; a garden that comes to life in the moonlight and tempts the young cat to stay outside all night. And so he does. But Oliver's excitement soon tur
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Orchard Books
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Apr 24, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: kidlit, picture-books
I'm not a cat fan, so maybe that's why this didn't thrill me. It's the story of a cat who fancies himself quite the hunter and decides to stay out one night to prowl around. After an initial gross-out when he chomps down a moth, he spends the rest of the night mostly getting spooked. Overall, it's a bit dark and creepy.
Dec 17, 2013 Danielle rated it it was amazing
A great book; just what cats seem to be. It is funny and cute. Oliver the cat hides when Mrs. Bundy calls him in for the night. He runs and pounces and gets scared. When he wants to come in the house he yowls until Mrs. Bundy lets him in. He thinks to himself that he wasn't scared of the big opossum but that Mrs. Bundy would be lonely without him.
Apr 19, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
This cat has a lot of spooky adventures when they get locked outside for the night. The illustrations use a lot of night colors and are filled with dramatic movements, so it is both anxiety-provoking and exciting.
Jun 13, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books-jp
Wonderful edgy art captures a restless cat's prowl through the night yard. Fear of the dark, the lure of the night, the comfort of home, the dual urges for independence and security both are some of Oliver cat's yowling, growling thoughts and feelings, all of which children will understand.
May 15, 2014 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a truly delicious story of a cat who thinks he wants to explore all night and refuses to come in when he's called. But the night is long and the comforts of home are great. A spine tingling read for the 3-6 age range.
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Oct 15, 2008 Skylar Burris rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Love the illustrations. They really put me into the mind of the cat. The writing could use some assistance.
May 25, 2012 Trina rated it really liked it
Incredible artwork and, as a person who has dealt with a cat not wanting to come in at night, enjoyable to read with a kid.
Dec 24, 2013 ABC rated it liked it
Shelves: younger-kids
I liked the illustrations quite a lot. A little confusing as to whether the owl is actually attacking the cat or not.
Jun 17, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
Great night drawings and a fun story of a cat wanting out to enjoy the night. But is the outside at night really better than inside at night? You'll have to read it to find out!
May 12, 2012 Paula rated it liked it
At first, Oliver the cat is excited about staying out all night in the fascinating garden, but then unexpected adventures leave him ready for his indoor cushion.
Jul 29, 2010 Foxytocin rated it really liked it
Unforgettable illustrations.......rather silly hommage to pampered house cats slipping out the front door every night all over the world.
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A familiar story for me-- the cat won't come for the night!
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Margaret Beames is a children's author whose imaginative narratives draw young readers into worlds of drama and suspense. A prolific writer, Beames has published forty books for children since her first, The Greenstone Summer, in 1977. Several titles have been published in Australia and the UK. She won the Picture Book and Children's Choice categories at the 2001 New Zealand Post Children's Book A ...more
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