Winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award and the Margaret Wise Brown Prize
SELECTED AS A BEST BOOK OF 2018 BY THE BOSTON GLOBE, KIRKUS REVIEWS, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, AND BOOKPAGE
“Empathetic, poetic, and a joy to look at, cute kitty and all.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This quiet, understated book contains a wealth of emotions.” –The Horn Book (starred review)
“[Illustrator] Yoo sets a lovely mood, taking readers from sunset to dawn through washes of orange, pink, and blue, the watchman’s compassionate demeanor assuring them that all’s well.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Yoo’s textured, serene artwork in beautiful saturated tones perfectly complements Sullivan’s lines and conveys a beauty in the night and the construction site that readers might otherwise miss.” —Booklist (starred review)
“This soft, gentle story is a perfect bedtime story for lovers of trucks and construction equipment, cats, and nighttime wanders.” —BCCB (starred review)
A stray kitten changes the way the watchman sees nighttime in this tender book based on a true story, illustrated by Strictly No Elephants artist Taeeun Yoo.
The night watchman hugs his wife and kids and drives to work. All night he is alone. Every hour he makes his rounds.
He sees the stars twinkling. He hears the sounds of the night: ki-DEE ki-DEE ki-DEE shhhhheeeeeEEEERRRROOOOooooommmmmm Woof! Woof! Woof!
When he is joined by a stray kitten, the night suddenly seems different. Has the kitten found a new home?
Kitten and the Night Watchman is inspired by the true story of author John Sullivan meeting a stray cat while working as a night watchman. The cat, Beebe, was John’s companion for seventeen years.
John Sullivan makes his authorial debut with Kitten and the Night Watchman. John works for the City of Chicago guarding buildings and equipment. It was during one of his rounds that he found his cat, Beebe. They were companions for seventeen years. This book is inspired by that experience.
Taeeun Yoo has illustrated many books for young readers, including So Many Days and Only A Witch Can Fly, both by Alison McGhee. Taeeun studied Korean brush painting at Hong Ik University in South Korea and attended graduate school in illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She divides her time between Seoul and New York City. Visit her at TaeeunYoo.com.
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