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Children's Fiction Bedtime & Dreams

If You Were Night

by (author) Muon Thi Van

illustrated by Kelly Pousette

Publisher
Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Category
Bedtime & Dreams, Imagination & Play, Nocturnal
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781525300141
    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price
    $19.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 3 to 7

Description

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.

About the authors

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.

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Kelly Pousette is an illustrator and storyteller, originally from the west coast of British Columbia. She loves to create things, especially pictures. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post ParisThe Brown Paper Bag blog, and Brightness Magazine. She currently resides in northern British Columbia with her husband and very large dog Clovis. The Very, Very Far North is her first book.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

CM Magazine

Pousette's cut paper, diorama art plays with green shades of moonlight and shadow, drawing us into night's magic.

The Toronto Star

... stylish, evocative ...

Publishers Weekly

A quirky but appealing story, suited for a one-on-one bedtime reading or inspiring imaginations in story hours.

School Library Journal

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