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I walk at night
Duncan, Lois, 1934-2016.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
A cat describes the ways in which it enjoys spending the day and night.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 39871.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.4 1 Quiz: 21707 Guided reading level: M.
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A child's cat takes the reader along on its adventures, transforming itself from a household pet to a prowling creature of the night. But when morning comes, the cat returns to its familiar, cuddly self.Award-winning author Lois Duncan, known for suspenseful young adult novels like I Know What You Did Last Summer, bringsher talent for drama to much younger readers. Steve Johnsonand Lou Fancher, well known for their use of color and strikingperspectives, capture on paper the mystery of cats.

Author Notes

Lois Duncan was born on April 28, 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the age of 13, her first story was published in the magazine Calling All Girls. As a senior in high school, she won Seventeen magazine's annual short-story contest. She continued to write for magazines after getting married and having children. She entered her young adult manuscript Debutante Hill in Dodd, Mead and Company's Seventeenth Summer Literary Contest and earned the grand prize, which was $1000 and a book contract. That first title was published in 1958. She published several young adult novels at that time including Love Song for Joyce and A Promise for Joyce, both under the pseudonym Lois Kerry.

After her first marriage ended in divorce, she wrote freelance magazine articles and taught in the journalism department at the University of New Mexico. After she married for the second time, she started writing books again. Her young adult novels included Ransom, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Killing Mr. Griffin, Night Terrors, Stranger with My Face, Don't Look Behind You, and The Twisted Window.

She also wrote works for younger readers including Silly Mother, The Circus Comes Home: When the Greatest Show on Earth Rose the Rails, Hotel for Dogs, News for Dogs, and Movie for Dogs. Her best-known non-fiction book, Who Killed My Daughter?: The True Story of a Mother's Search for Her Daughter's Murderer, is about her family's experiences following the murder of her youngest daughter in 1989. Her works have earned her several awards including three Parents' Choice awards, the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1992, and the 2015 Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America. She died on June 15, 2016 at the age of 82.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Should cat owners forget that cats don't belong to anyone but themselves, the feline speaker in this beautifully illustrated picture book is here to remind them. The cat moves from the freedom of the night to a domestic day on its owner's lap and then back into the dark. Its activities are described in simple, rhyming text, but they don't add up to much story, and some of the rhyme feels stretched: "I wear my furry clothes / Even in clover. / I sit on windowsills. / I watch to see what spills / When things tip over." The paintings, however, are stunning. In soft acrylics outlined in thin black string, the cat becomes both cuddly and electric, zooming in and out of range as it leaps from trees, laps from bowls, and dreams of "birds and fishes" in a Matisse-like swirl of animals. Young feline fans will be drawn to this portrait of cats doing what they do. It's a nice change of pace for Duncan, who is best known for her YA novels. Contrast this with Christopher Myers' Black Cat [BKL Ap 15 99] for a very different, urban perspective of a cat's private life. Gillian Engberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

Duncan's (I Know What You Did Last Summer; The Longest Hair in the World) lyrical riff on the nature of the cat untwines at a leisurely pace, in hushed verse that hints at the wildness lurking just beneath the surface. The effect is somehow both soothing and slightly mysterious, a contrast echoed in Johnson and Fancher's (My Many Colored Days) illustrations. For instance, a hypnotic image paired with "I like the taste of cream,/ But while I drink I dream/ Of birds and fishes" emulates the murky green half-light of the ocean depths; in the bottom right corner, a cat watches as a school of stylized fish swirls upward, slowly metamorphosing into a flock of birds. Using oil paint and string on paper--a medium that lends additional interest by mimicking the rough texture of pastels--Johnson and Fancher lean toward twilight tones. Laden with shadows, the overall effect is dreamy and atmospheric, and makes for grand bedtime fare--although cat fanciers will enjoy it any time of day or night. Ages 5-9. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-Soft, luminescent illustrations created with string and oil paints on textured paper highlight this pleasant, though unexceptional short poetic description of a cat's multifaceted personality-docile pet by day, untamed beast in dreams, adventurer by night. The double-page images are carefully crafted and artistically presented. The only jarring element in this eye-pleasing package is the placement of text in boxes of pale color that often contrast too sharply with the deep twilight shades against which they are set. Alice Schertle's I Am the Cat (Lothrop, 1999) is a short volume of descriptive verse, humorously illustrated, that young cat lovers will relish.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.