THE LIGHTHOUSE CAT by Sue Stainton

THE LIGHTHOUSE CAT

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

This clever interweaving of two popular picture-book subjects, cats and lighthouses, is enlivened with Mortimer’s gleaming illustrations, which literally shine here as the tale hinges on the reflective nature of cats’ eyes. One Friday, when the supplies boat from the fishing village brings the keeper’s groceries, he finds a cat amid the fish and names him Mackerel. The cat follows him everywhere and Mackerel scans the sea and alerts the keeper when he sees a whale or a boat. When a severe storm blows out the candles on the lighthouse, Mackerel sees a boat in trouble. He caterwauls, bringing 11 cats down the cliff and, wet and howling, they speed to the top of the lighthouse where the moon reflects in their eyes. The keeper sees 24 little lights, which miraculously turn a fishing boat away from the rocks. The amazingly realistic art (especially those gimlet cat eyes) outshines the flowery text. A one-page author’s note provides a history of the English lighthouse that stood for 127 years and inspired the story. (short bibliography) (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-009604-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2004




MORE BY SUE STAINTON

ChildrenCHRISTMAS MAGIC by Sue Stainton
by Sue Stainton
ChildrenTHE CHOCOLATE CAT by Sue Stainton
by Sue Stainton
ChildrenI LOVE CATS by Sue Stainton
by Sue Stainton

MORE BY ANNE MORTIMER

ChildrenCHRISTMAS MOUSE by Anne Mortimer
by Anne Mortimer
ChildrenPUMPKIN CAT by Anne Mortimer
by Anne Mortimer
ChildrenBUNNY’S EASTER EGG by Anne Mortimer
by Anne Mortimer

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenA LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTMAS by Toni Buzzeo
by Toni Buzzeo
ChildrenTHE QUAYSIDE CAT by Toby Forward
by Toby Forward