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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play

Night Boy

by (author) Anne Laurel Carter

illustrated by Ninon Pelletier

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2012
Imagination & Play, Siblings, Date & Time
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2012
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  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    May 2012
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2013
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
  • Reading age: 4 to 8


Night is a boy who knows it's much more fun to play than go to sleep. When the sun sets, he travels through the night sky in a spaceship with his teddy. Night's favorite game is hide-and-go-seek, which he plays each evening with his older sister, Day. But why can't he ever find her?

Night Boy is a unique playful picturebook about a brother and a sister named Night and Day. The rhythmic text and rich illustrations make for a bedtime story that is sure to lull children who say "I can't sleep" into dreamland. Through the personas of a brother and sister, Night Boy offers a unique explanation of how night turns to day astronomically.

About the authors

Anne Laurel Carter was born in Don Mills, Ontario. She has suffered from a bad case of wanderlust all of her life, which has taken her all over the world. In between travelling, Anne completed Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education. Anne loves working with children, and became an ESL and French teacher. She is also the mother of four children, but still finds time to read and write. Anne currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she works full-time as a teacher-librarian.
Anne is a multi award-winning author of several books for children. Her picturebook Under a Prairie Sky (Orca, 2004) won the Mr. Christie's Book Award in 2003.


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Quand elle &eacutetait petite, Ninon Pelletier r&ecircvait de devenir astronaute pour voir le monde diff&eacuteremment. Elle est plut&ocirct devenue illustratrice apr&egraves des &eacutetudes en photographie et en graphisme. Elle a illustr&eacute plus d’une trentaine de livres pour enfants au cours des vingt derni&egraveres ann&eacutees et a &eacutet&eacute mise en nomination pour le Prix du Gouverneur g&eacuten&eacuteral en 2016. Elle vit &agrave Montr&eacuteal, au Qu&eacutebec, au milieu de ses crayons, de ses fusains et de ses amis.

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Excerpt: Night Boy (by (author) Anne Laurel Carter; illustrated by Ninon Pelletier)

A prince, Night arrives at a star-spangled palace,
Swirling his cape of aurora borealis.
He fires off comets; then a voice stops his show.
It's loud and commanding—a voice he should know.
"Stop playing!" Day shouts from far across space.
"I'll meet you at home. Come on, it's a race!"
And that's when he finally remembers their game.
He forgot to find Day. Each night it's the same!

Editorial Reviews

"What better story to tell at bedtime than one that ends with a young child tucked cozily between the covers, fast asleep?...Pelletier uses rich shades of deep blue to depict the night sky filled with glimmering stars and there are some interesting opportunities here for parents to introduce their children to facts about the celestial skies."

Montreal Review of Books

"Told in rhyming verse, the rhythm is jaunty and the language is imaginative. Fun as a read-aloud, this book could also be used to introduce astronomy to young students."

Resource Links

"A very cute story that is interspersed with outer space facts."

Tacoma School District #10

"An interesting book that introduces the concept of night turning into day...The lyrical story has a wonderful vocabulary that imparts information in a unique way. The illustrations by Ninon Pelletier are outstanding and are a great visual aid to the concepts presented."

Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

"There is an unmistakable magic to this story. It's a book full of big ideas, wrapped into a simple story that readers can understand and enjoy... An imaginative look at what happens after the sun goes down and showcases how, even in the darkness of space, happiness and fun can abound. This cute story will appeal to a variety of readers and will make a nice addition to picture book collections. Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

"Carter uses bouncy rhyming verse to tell the tale of a nightly game of hide-and-seek between Princess Day and her little brother, Prince Night...Pelletier's illustrations feature rich colours, exaggerated, cartoon-like characters, and sweet whimsical details...A great choice for bedtime-averse kids and for aspiring stargazers. Many galactic favourites make an appearance, including the Orion and Pegasus constellations, the aurora borealis, and the North Star, providing a jumping-off point for discussions of basic astronomy. The story ends gently, as the best bedtime stories do, with the promise of another game tomorrow."

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