A poetic and evocative exploration of the natural world at night illustrated in illuminating paper-cut dioramas.
This dreamlike picture book asks the question: if you were night, what would you do? If you saw the moon tiptoe past your window, would you nestle under the covers? Or would you step outside to follow it? What if you felt a tail brush your ankle, would you freeze? Or skitter away? And if you saw an owl swoop from a branch, would you hide? Or join the hunt? All the while, the child pictured in the book chooses adventure, and thrillingly experiences a night like no other.
From the award-winning and acclaimed author Mu?n Th? Van comes a lyrical and evocative exploration of the natural world at night. The poetic language of the text engages all the senses as it gently poses questions that pull readers' imaginations outdoors, where night creatures roam and everything seems different. Kelly Pousette's intricate paper-cut dioramas, intriguingly presented with shadows and darkness falling around them, are packed with charming details for children to investigate. This unique and thought-provoking book is sure to encourage observation and spark curiosity --- and many conversations. A wonderful read-aloud or bedtime story, this book also ties in beautifully with primary lessons about the natural world.
Muon Thi Van is the critically-acclaimed author of In a Village by the Sea, which was a JLG selection and the winner of the 2016 Northern California Book Award for Best Picture Book. Her second book, The Little Tree, received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. Muon lives in Northern California with her family.
Pousette's cut paper, diorama art plays with green shades of moonlight and shadow, drawing us into night's magic.
Librarians, teachers and parents will enjoy using If You Were Night to reinforce the use of colourful vocabulary, to talk about the life of the nighttime world, and just for its reassuring tone as a bedtime lilt.
... stylish, evocative ...
A quirky but appealing story, suited for a one-on-one bedtime reading or inspiring imaginations in story hours.