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ONE MOON, TWO CATS by Laura Godwin


by Laura Godwin & illustrated by Yoko Tanaka

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: Aug. 30th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4424-1202-6
Publisher: Atheneum

A city cat and a country cat prowl beneath the same dusky moon.

“One moon. / Two cats / are not asleep. / Cats yawn, / cats stretch, / cats look, / cats LEAP!” City cat watches trucks on the streets below its window. Country cat wends its way past sleepy pigs and ducks. Both groom and explore their separate landscapes until they see a mouse! They chase their mice across their very different territories. Just as each is about to pounce, lightning flashes—and it begins to rain. Both kitties return home in the rain, curl up and snooze into morning under the same sun. Godwin’s spare, rhymed verse lends itself to the hushed tones of a bedtime read. Tanaka’s muted, ochre-cast acrylics are a good match for the text, but, oddly she gives the cats humanlike eyes, which distorts the otherwise realistically depicted kitties. Even during the mouse chase, their eyes remain half-lidded, suggesting near-total exhaustion or, perhaps, an unseen romp in the catnip patch.

Overall, though, cat fans will enjoy this sleeping and waking tale that starts and finishes on the end papers. (Picture book. 2-5)