The Cat at Night

The Cat at Night

By Author / Illustrator

Dahlov Ipcar, Carl Little



Age range(s)



Pushkin Children's Books








The cat doesn't feel like sleeping. Night is the best time of all - the time when he likes to go exploring. . . .  Join the farmer's cat on his mysterious nighttime journey through fields, farms, forest, and town to see what only he can see after the sun sets.

Legendary artist Dahlov Ipcar alternates between dark night scenes and vivid colour in this beautifully illustrated chidren's classic.   

PRAISE FOR THE CAT AT NIGHT 'An underappreciated classic... This has some of the boldest pictures of any picture book... Kids feel close to animals - there's a natural kinship - so seeing the world through a cat's eyes has a certain primal appeal' - Dave Eggers



At first glance, The Cat at Night is a book I might have dismissed. The illustrations are very old fashioned. However, when you begin to read the book to a child it comes to life. First, comes a dark page; how we would see the world at night. Next, comes a brightly coloured page, which shows what the cat would see.

My children loved it. We talked about each picture and about the animals the cat saw (which shows the book is set in America, not the UK). It gives a real sense of what happens after bedtime. 

This is a wonderful book to introduce night time and a good book for children who are scared of the dark, as the cat shows them everything is alright. I know The Cat at Night will be read hundreds of times once it goes on the family book shelf.

Picture book / Reviewed by Jen Bevan

Suggested Reading Age 3+


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