Cat Nights


Felicity has waited for this moment a long time. 263 years, as a matter of fact. She finally can turn herself into a cat. But even spells have limits, and you can only turn yourself into a cat eight times. On the ninth time, a witch will be a cat permanently. Will Felicity remember the rules? Will she become bored with being a cat? Or will she be a cat forever?

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Felicity is an adorable character kids will love. The story offers a lesson for parents about letting go!

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

Our daughter loved this story. We had to read it two times “right away” the first night, and it’s been two readings per night and lots of just thumbing through the book for several days now.

Parent Reaction

We love this story. Even though this looks like a Halloween story, it’s a book you can read all year round. Felicity is a girl who happens to be a witch. Like other stories, Felicity has her dreams and when she gets the chance, she makes them come true. What sets this story apart though, is how her cousins deal with her. They don’t think she knows what she’s doing, so they try to keep her from turning into a cat for good. But they learn a lesson, too.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book that celebrates wishes coming true, independence, and respect.
Educational Themes:

Kids will instantly relate to Felicity: she finally gets to have something she’s always wanted all her life. You can use the book to help kids see the “other side” of the story in the choices her cousins make. Their decisions are based on fear and love, and ultimately, respect for her as a person. The story could make for interesting conversations.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Started reading with 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is one of those books that looks like a seasonal tale, but it is not. It’s a story families will want to share over and over again.

Title Cat Nights
Author Jane Manning
Publisher Greenwillow Books, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
Illustrators Jane Manning
ISBN 9780061138881
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Holidays
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