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Children's Nonfiction Biology

Be a Night Detective

Solving the Mysteries of Twilight, Dusk, and Nightfall

by (author) Peggy Kochanoff

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Apr 2017
Biology, Curiosities & Wonders, Nocturnal
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2017
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 4


Why are moths drawn to light at night? Why do some flowers only bloom under the moon? Are stars really falling from the sky?

Naturalist and artist Peggy Kochanoff answers these questions and more in this illustrated guide to solving nature mysteries after dark. From the author of Silver Birch-nominated Be a Wilderness Detective and Hackmatack-nominated Be a Beach Detective comes a new adventure full of fascinating facts. From tiny cicadas in the grass and skunks digging in your backyard, to the Northern Lights dancing in the sky, Kochanoff shines a light on the intriguing nightlife of Atlantic Canada's nocturnal creatures.

Features a glossary, identification page, and further reading.

About the author

“Peggy Kochanoff graduated from Cornell University with a degree in vertebrate zoology and spent a summer working at the Central Park Zoo in New York City. She is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including Be a Beach Detective and Be a Wilderness Detective, which was shortlisted for a Silver Birch Express Award. After marriage and travelling, she settled with her husband and two sons on a tree farm in Nova Scotia.

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Editorial Reviews

This informative book will peak the interest of young scientists and encourage them to learn more about the fascinating natural world that surrounds us.

Resource Links (NF)

Kochanoff's watercolor illustrations are charming and give this nonfiction title its picture book feel, ensuring that young readers will select it both for academic science project work as well as for pleasure reading.

Canadian Materials Magazine (Winnipeg, MB)

Deftly blending watercolour illustrations with text crammed full of scientific information, Kochanoff proves that illustrated nonfiction has plenty to offer older elementary readers, too.

School Library Journal (New York, NY)

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