PreS-Gr 2-- Seemingly inspired by both ``The Cat and the Fiddle'' and Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik , Micucci dreams up a musical little feline who slips his kitty-sized violin from its hiding place deep behind the sofa cushions and plays and dances gaily about the house all night long. He is joined in his revels by two male cardinals and three mice. Finally the family dog awakens and asks the cat to be his dancing partner. As the mice fiddle, the two do fancy steps all over the living room amid showers of multicolored musical notes while the human beings in the household sleep on. The figures in the soft-toned watercolor illustrations are simple, and the perspective rather flat, but there's plenty of lively action. The billowing window curtains, swinging chandelier, and flower-patterned furniture add to the feeling of joyous motion expressed by music and dance. A bust of Mozart looks on benevolently from the piano. The text is simple and poetic as it tells of paws tapping, spinning, twirling, whisking, and prancing over and under the furniture with grace and energy. Children will enjoy sharing a special nighttime secret with these appealing animals. --Patricia Pearl, First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, Va.