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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Sullivan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: , in


Illinois Connection

Sullivan works for the City of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Sullivan makes his authorial debut with Kitten and the Night Watchman. John works for the City of Chicago guarding buildings and equipment. It was during one of his rounds that he found his cat, Beebe. They were companions for seventeen years. This book is inspired by that experience.


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Titles At Your Library

Kitten and the Night Watchman
ISBN: 1481461915

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 2018

“Every life and job is unique this book’s take on the job of a watchman is empathetic, poetic, and a joy to look at, cute kitty and all.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“This quiet, understated book contains a wealth of emotions young children can work through and relate to—from worry to relief to the comfort of belonging.” –The Horn Book (starred review)

“[Illustrator] Yoo sets a lovely mood, taking readers from sunset to dawn through washes of orange, pink, and blue, the watchman’s compassionate demeanor assuring them that all’s well.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Yoo’s textured, serene artwork in beautiful saturated tones perfectly complements Sullivan’s lines and conveys a beauty in the night and the construction site that readers might otherwise miss.” —Booklist (starred review)

“This soft, gentle story is a perfect bedtime story for lovers of trucks and construction equipment, cats, and nighttime wanders.” —BCCB (starred review)

A stray kitten changes the way the watchman sees nighttime in this tender book based on a true story, illustrated by Strictly No Elephants artist Taeeun Yoo.

The night watchman hugs his wife and kids and drives to work.
All night he is alone.
Every hour he makes his rounds.

He sees the stars twinkling. He hears the sounds of the night:
ki-DEE ki-DEE ki-DEE
shhhhheeeeeEEEERRRROOOOooooommmmmm
Woof! Woof! Woof!

Meeeoooow.

When he is joined by a stray kitten, the night suddenly seems different. Has the kitten found a new home?

Kitten and the Night Watchman is inspired by the true story of author John Sullivan meeting a stray cat while working as a night watchman. The cat, Beebe, was John’s companion for seventeen years.


Awards

Kitten and the Night Watchman - Kirkus Starred Review

Speaking Engagements

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