Kitten and the Night Watchman

by John Sullivan and Taeeun Yoo

The night watchman leaves his home and family as the sun is setting and heads off... read more

The night watchman leaves his home and family as the sun is setting and heads off to work alone. He makes his rounds on a city lot where big equipment is parked through the night. “Stars twinkle. The full moon shines like an old friend. He thinks of his boy and girl, safe and asleep at home.” Then out from under a big truck comes a small kitten. “Meooo www. ” The kitten follows him. “Garbage trucks line up like circus elephants …. An excavator bows like a strange giraffe.” He shares his dinner with her on his break, and then…she disappears! The worried night watchman is relieved when the kitten finally shows up again, and as night becomes dawn, he heads home. “But this time he is not alone.” Arresting descriptions of the sights and sounds surrounding the night watchman are as satisfying as the tender resolution of this story featuring a brown-skinned man and his mixed-race family. (Ages 3–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

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