Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to Sleep?

Bill Martin, Jr., Author, Michael Sampson, Author, Laura J. Bryant, Illustrator
Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson, illus. by Laura J. Bryant, Marshall Cavendish, $15.99 (24p) ISBN 978-0-7614-5946-0
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In this cheerful follow-up to Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? a rambunctious gray kitty has plenty of excuses for not getting ready for bed, despite Mother's persistence. When she inquires, "Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat,/ did you wash your face?" bathtubbing Kitty Cat plays with a rocket ship and replies, "Not yet, Mother,/ I'm in outer space." And when she asks if Kitty Cat has brushed her teeth, the pajama-clad Kitty hides under Mother's lounge chair, clawing at the fabric, "Not yet, Mother,/ come look underneath!" But story time and lullabies finally have Kitty Cat relenting, "Okay, Mother,/ I guess it's time for bed." Bryant depicts Kitty Cat and Mother's nightly rituals with soothing watercolor and colored pencil spreads, while Martin and Sampson's call-and-response verse is upbeat, even while the action simmers down as bedtime approaches. Those who similarly postpone the inevitable will relate to the feline's playful protest, and close-up images of Kitty Cat curled in a cozy pile of patterned blankets will have even adamant bedtime-naysayers stifling yawns. Ages 3–8. (Mar.)
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