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The Cat At Night
Dahlov Ipcar
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The Cat At Night

4.27  ·  Rating Details ·  144 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Join the farmer's cat on his fascinating nighttime journey through fields, farms, forests, and even the city to see what only he can see after the sun sets. Legendary artist Dahlov Ipcar mesmerizingly alternates between dark night scenes and vivid color to deliver a beautifully illustrated children's classic.
Published 1969 by DoubleDay
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Jan 04, 2011 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Another one from Aunt Sally. I like the unusual spin of showing the same illustration--once in shadow then seeing it through the eyes of a cat at night. I think Sally told me this artist lives close to her in Maine--near Five Islands (if I'm getting that name right). She pointed out her house when we were in the area for fresh lobster and steamers.
Jul 28, 2009 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
I love this! Newly re-issued this year (originally published in 1969), her art is reminiscent of Wanda Gag's work and Eve Rice's Goodnight, Goodnight. The contrast of silhouette spreads with colored spreads lends the book to many uses with pre-k and up audiences, and creates a mini-mystery on each set of pages.
Feb 15, 2012 Milena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a quite unique book. The story is about all the things that a cat does during the night, all the places it goes, and all the animals he encounters. The illustrations are amazing and interesting since they represent the vision of the cat at night. Dahlov is the best. Recommended age: 6 years old or more.
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May 15, 2016 Sara Tranum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Cat at Night is a delightful book for the busy mom to read (with kids). From the fields to the town, the farmer’s cat will take you on a journey of all the wondrous things to be seen and excitement that awaits after nightfall. After all, who hasn’t wondered what adventures your cats have while you sleep?

The story in The Cat at Night is a simple, yet marvelous. Ms. Ipcar introduces concepts that are sure to be new and fascinating to young readers such as night vision and nocturnal creatures.
Ipcar's charming picture book describes a cat's nightly routine in the country and city. Her beautiful illustrations depict both the nighttime version (what we see) and then what the cat can see. The first is nothing but a dark blue background with black silhouettes in various shapes. These work to help children anticipate and try to identify objects based on shapes. The following spread shows what the cat sees, which is full of color and detail. As the cat lives on a farm, she walks through tab ...more
Mar 08, 2015 Dina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting depiction of how a cat sees at night. I especially like the double views of the same scene: the first 2-page spread shows you nights as we see it--dark with shadowy silhouettes; next, the way the cat sees it-- as if it were light as day. It's fun to guess what the cat sees based on the silhouettes.
Apr 14, 2015 Melle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids of all ages who love cats and cuddles
This is the kind of book I can imagine my Grandma B. reading with me on her lap when I was a girl -- a soft, sweet, gentle, gorgeously-illustrated story about a cat's adventures after the farm family goes to bed.
Take a journey with a cat through the many beauties of nighttime. You’ll first the scene as it would appear to you and then to your cat. This sweet and simple book will invite readers to wonder what their cats do all night!
May 16, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Beautiful illustrations. A neat story - I love the contrast between what humans see at night and what a cat sees.
Feb 23, 2010 Lea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Little Fisherman was our family's first introduction to Ipcar. I enjoy The Cat at Night even more!
Jul 03, 2013 Dannie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Beautiful illustrations, engaging for kids, and lots of prepositions (among, beneath, through, etc.)
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Dahlov Ipcar was an American painter, illustrator and author.
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