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The Sleeping Porch

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 28th 2008 by Groundwood Books (first published July 14th 2008)
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Megan Renner
Feb 18, 2014 Megan Renner rated it it was amazing
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Wallace, I. (2008). The sleeping porch. Berkely, California: Groundwood Books.

It is a hot, summer night. The main charcter Brando and his parents were so hot that they moved to cots located on the back porch, hoping to catch a little breeze. A cat then sneaks into the porch through a window screen and begins talking to Brando. The cat said that he has been asleep forever, since the War of 1812. Then the cat asks him if he is coming with him. The breeze in the air took them both higher and highe
Emily Stueven
Apr 28, 2013 Emily Stueven rated it it was ok
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This book has a lot of charm. I mean, the little boy's name is Brando and he lives adjacent to a cemetery and is visited in his dreams one hot, sultry night by a spirit cat who's been dead since the War of 1812. The songs of cicadas and the glow of fireflies permeate the darkness. It's like Southern Gothic for small children.

I wanted to like it a little more than I did, though. The watercolor illustrations are fanciful and in cool blue tones to symbolize the escape from the heat of waking life.
This is a story about a boy having a really fun and amazing dream. The story is so descriptive, and you really can envision the words (without the help of illustrations). There is a lot of dialogue going on between the boy and the cat. This would be a great book to teach children how to create fiction and narrative.
Feb 09, 2016 Paige rated it it was ok
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I really wanted to like this book, but it was a little bit too out there for my liking. I liked the idea of having a wild, fanciful dream but it moved very fast, and the cat broke the magic for me with phrases such as ("hot dog", "matey", and "darn tootin'").
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