The Sleeping Porch
Written by Ian Wallace
Publication Date October 01, 2008
On a hot, steamy summer night, young Brando and his parents move out onto the porch to sleep, hoping they might catch a hint of the breeze. They soon fall asleep, but around midnight Brando stirs. And in the flicker of a firefly, the cat from the nearby graveyard lands on his cot . . . and so begins an amazing adventure.
Together, Brando and the Graveyard Cat soar over the city that is melting in the heat and leap into the night sky, as high as the rings of Saturn. They head north where the arctic seas are full of seals and whales and shimmering icebergs. They scale jagged cliffs and slide down whistling slopes. But when the iceberg they're riding on begins to melt and they both nearly fall into the frigid water, their cries fill the hot summer night. When Brando wakes up the next morning, it all seems to have been a dream . . . or was it?
Ian Wallace is one of Canada’s best-known children’s book creators. Over a long and distinguished career he has published many picture-book classics, including Boy of the Deeps and Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance. His illustrations for Canadian Railroad Trilogy and Just So Stories have each received three starred reviews.
Ian has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, among others. He has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Governor General’s Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award.
"...a quietly whimsical way to beat the heat." Kirkus Reviews
"...Wallace's choices of palette perfectly reflects the story: moody blues and greys, complete with grainy textures, give the reader a sense of being inside [Brando's] dream...The text benefits from a lilting cadence and fun dialogue...making this latest effort from a beloved author as enjoyable to read as it is to look at, for adults and children alike." Quill & Quire
"Evocative writing and outstanding watercolors meld in this dream fantasy...Wallace's writing shines...the illustrations are powerful spreads..." School Library Journal
"Ian Wallace is a masterful and well-loved author and illustrator of children's books, and in this, his latest creation, he doesn't disappoint...ample opportunity for readers (and the read- to) to enjoy a richly hued, beautifully imagined watercolour world." School Library Journal