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*It's a Secret!* by John Burningham
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It's a Secret!
by John Burningham
Ages 3-6 56 pages Candlewick June 2009 Hardcover    

What do cats do when they go out at night? John Burningham answers that question in this special picture book that follows one particular kitty on his nocturnal adventures.

Malcolm is Marie-Elaine's cat, and she often wonders where he's off to when he leaves the house each night. Late one summer evening, the little girl confronts Malcolm as he is about to leave. "Oh, please, please let me come with you. I'll keep your secret. Please, please let me come," Marie-Elaine begs.

A bit reluctantly, Malcolm agrees, provided that Marie-Elaine slips into some party clothes and "makes herself small" so she can get through the cat door. She agrees, and the two are off to a wonderful party presided over by the Queen of Cats.

After dancing and enjoying a wonderful feast, the Queen gives the little girl a special gift to take home with her. Then, as dawn is breaking, Malcolm and the child scurry home over the rooftops. When Marie-Elaine's mother finds her a few hours later, the little girl and her cat are asleep on the sofa. "You look as if you were out all night with the cat," her mother says.

Discover Marie-Elaine's reply when you read this delightful book, but keep it to yourself because it's a secret! John Burningham's whimsical illustrations capture each stage of this nighttime adventure as Malcolm and Marie-Elaine "party hearty" with some very cool cats.

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