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Kate, the Cat and the Moon    by David Almond & Stephen Lambert order for
Kate, the Cat and the Moon
by David Almond
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Doubleday, 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke

Kate awakens to the mewling sound of a cat. As moonlight caresses her face, Kate's eyes glisten with a million stars. She sees the shiny white-coated cat on the garden wall. 'Meow', replies Kate as her ears become pointy, and she jumps down the staircase. By the time she reaches the bottom, she has changed into cat, with a grey and white 'smooth coat'. Off the pair go for a nocturnal adventure. They tramp into the fields, passing 'dreaming houses' and streetlights. 'Meoooooooow!!' they call out into the night. Looking down on them is the moon, transformed into the face of a cat. It calls back 'Meow'.

The next morning Dad, Mum, Grandma, and brother Pete mention their dreams of the night before. When they ask about her dreams, Kate simply replies, 'Meow'. Kate, the Cat and the Moon is a delightful tale of two cats with fine tails. It's an oversized book, graced with pages of large-drawn forms. Lambert's inspiration for the landscape came from Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. A three-fold page layout reveals the meaning of Almond's meaningful words, 'And all the sky was full of dreams ...'

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