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Children's Fiction Poetry (see Also Stories In Verse)

Night Sky Wheel Ride

by (author) Sheree Fitch

illustrated by Yayo

Tradewind Books
Initial publish date
Feb 2013
Poetry (see also Stories in Verse), Circus, Siblings
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2013
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 3 to 5


Poet Sheree Fitch and artist Yayo take readers young and old on a spectacular ride through the imagination. We fly past illustrations displaying a kalaidoscope of colors. Magical, fun fair creatures appear and disappear in a jungle of cotton-candy trees.

About the authors

Sheree Fitch's first two books, Toes in My Nose (1987) and Sleeping Dragons All Around (1989), launched her career as a poet, rhymster, and a “kind of Canadian female Dr. Seuss.” Fitch has won almost every major award for Canadian childrenÕs literature since then, including the 2000 Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work Inspirational to Canadian Children. She has over twenty-five books to her credit, including her bestselling and critically praised adult novel, Kiss the Joy as it Flies (2008). Fitch's home base is the East Coast of Canada.

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Yayo es un galardonado artista e ilustrador de libros para niños. Ha sido finalista dos veces del prestigioso premio del Gobernador General de Canadá y ha recibido, entre otros premios, el Christie's Book Award, y el Charles Biddle Award por su contribución excepcional a la vida cultural de Quebec. Originario de Colombia, Yayo vive en Montreal, Quebec.


Yayo's profile page


  • Joint winner, A Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Book of 2013
  • Short-listed, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award nominee
  • Commended, Kirkus' Best Imported Picture Books of 2013 list
  • Commended, White Ravens List selection
  • Commended, Children's Core Collection Star title
  • Winner, Prix Lux (Quebec)

Excerpt: Night Sky Wheel Ride (by (author) Sheree Fitch; illustrated by Yayo)

Sister and Brother
mothers and fathers and all of the others
in the whole wide whirling world!
We are fizzy with the dizzy reeling,
Fuzzy with the Ferris wheel feeling!

Editorial Reviews

"Magical words and pictures capture the essence and mystery of a carnival and a first trip on a Ferris wheel...Beguiling candy colors, lines, and shapes play marvelously in the well-designed pages...Unique and joyous, this is a treat for all imaginative, dreamy spirits who love a good ride."

School Library Journal

"This is a glorious book that celebrates both literal and imaginative flight. Fitch's evocative lines are magnified by Yayo's exuberant illustrations. Marvellous transformations abound: clouds of cotton candy becom trees, flowers become children, people below become jelly beans, Ferris wheel cars become boats and beds, then falling apples."

Quill & Quire

"A brilliant story book about the anticipation of attending the summer fair and going on the Ferris wheel...Sheree's poetry of sound, movement and excitement is superb...From beginning to end the book is a feast of delightful color...The illustrations at first glance are simple but each page is worthy of extra contemplation. This book is highly recommended for school and public libraries. It is a fun, happy book, excellent for story time and for individual reads."

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"Fitch takes readers on a wonderful ride here, and Yayo's dizzifying pictures are the perfect match. A totally satisfying outing for the book characters and the book's readers alike. Night Sky Wheel Ride is a book for school and public library picture book collections. Highly recommended."

CM Magazine

"A fantasy poem, which encourages children to become brave and experience new things. We absolutely loved the illustrations, enough to enjoy just turning the pages to look at each one. A soft celebration of words and pictures."

The Guardian (UK)

[Starred review] "A giddy, intense, hugely fun ride that will propel listening audiences large or small into spinning tizzies of their own."

Kirkus Reviews

[Starred Review] "Fitch and Yayo capture the inherent magic of a carnival—and, in particular, the thrill of conquering a ride for the first time—in this giddily imaginative ode to the Ferris wheel...Writing in freewheeling verse, Fitch sets an incantory, anything-is-possible mood from the beginning...while Yayo's illustrations push every moment out of the ordinary...Children may clamor for a trip to the carnival after reading, but the book is a satisfying ride in itself."

Publishers Weekly

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