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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  John Sullivan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Children;


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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.


Kitten and the Night Watchman Ezra Jack Keats Award Margaret Wise Brown Prize Best Book, The Boston Globe, 2018 Best Book, Kirkus, 2018 Best Book, Publishers Weekly, 2018 Best Book, Bookpage, 2018 Starred Review, Kirkus Starred Review, The Horn Book Starred Review, Publishers Weekly Starred Review, Booklist Starred Review, BCCB Illinois Reads Book Selections, Illinois Reading Council, 2019

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Kitten and the night watchman
ISBN: 9781481461917. OCLC Number: 1022759316

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As he makes his rounds, a night watchman hears birds calling, insects buzzing, and vehicles roaring by, while a stray kitten keeps him company.