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Children's Fiction Bedtime & Dreams

The Night Is Deep and Wide

by (author) Gillian Sze

illustrated by Sue Todd

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2021
Bedtime & Dreams, Poetry (see also Stories in Verse), Stories in Verse
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2021
    List Price
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Mar 2021
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 2
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0 to 2


“A lovely visual lullaby to soothe youngest readers to sleep.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Rich imagery, gentle rhythm and soothing repetition will lull your little one to sleep as the tulips close for the night, one by one. In this bedtime story written as an Italian villanelle, poet Gillian Sze makes use of the poetic forms of cyclic pattern and rhyme scheme to create a melodious lullaby.
A young child comes in from picking flowers as the creatures around their home all settle down for the evening. Songbirds curl against their mothers’ sides, the house slumps and sighs low, a hush settles as times slows. And little readers are invited to rest their heads and be soothed to sleep as moonlight falls on eyes that close.

About the authors

Gillian Sze is the author of multiple poetry collections, including Peeling Rambutan, Redrafting Winer and Panicle. Her work has been nominated for the QWF’s A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry, and has received awards such as the University of Winnipeg Writers’ Circle Prize and the 3Macs carte blanche Prize. She studied creative writing and English literature at Concordia University and received a PhD in études anglaises from the Université de Montréal. Originally from Winnipeg, she now resides in Montreal, where she teaches creative writing. The Night Is Deep and Wide is her first board book and was inspired by her son who was a challenging sleeper as a baby.


Gillian Sze's profile page

Sue Todd is an award-winning illustrator living in Toronto, Ontario. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University). Sue began her career as a freelance designer in retail advertising. For a more creative outlet, she took up linoleum carving, an ancient printmaking technique similar to woodcut, and developed a unique style of art that led to a career in illustration. Sue has created images for a wide range of clients, from advertising and corporate to editorial and publishing, including illustrations for An African Alphabet and The Wild Beast.


Sue Todd's profile page


  • Commended, New York Public Library Best Books for Kids

Editorial Reviews

★ “A lovely visual lullaby to soothe youngest readers to sleep.”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Sze's poetic description of nature's slow unwind from day into night and Todd's subdued colour palette of the illustrations do capture the quiet wonder of night and sleep...Parents and caregivers are sure to use this board book over and over again during their child's bedtime routine. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“The soft, repetitive phrases create an overall sense of calmness and relaxation...A great addition to any bedtime routine!”

Miramichi Reader

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