At Night

At Night

By Jonathan Bean

Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374304461, 32pp.

Publication Date: July 24, 2007


On some nights, a snug bedroom is a hard place to fall asleep. On some nights, it's better to get away from slumbering, snoring family members and curl up alone with one's thoughts in the cool night air, under wide-open skies. In this charming bedtime fantasy, a sleepless city girl does just that, finding her surprising way to a serene rooftop version of a backyard campout.

With captivating ink-and-watercolor illustrations and a simple, lyrical text, newcomer Jonathan Bean has created a soothing bedtime story that is sure to charm children and parents alike.

"At Night" is the winner of the 2008 "Boston Globe" "Horn Book" Award for Picture Books.

About the Author
JONATHAN BEAN received an M.F.A. from New York's School of Visual Arts and now lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A two-time winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, for "At Night" and "Building Our House", he is also the illustrator of "Big Snow", two picture books by Lauren Thompson, and "Bad Bye, Good Bye" by Deborah Underwood.

Praise For At Night

“What beautiful work! It is one of those books that makes me feel excited about picture books all over again.”         —Sue Truesdell, illustrator of Chicken Said, “Cluck!”, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book

“Mixes a touch of whimsy with a meditative sense of calm. The spare sentences have a lulling rhythm that echo the words’ soothing references to breath and breeze, while the silvery, ink-and-watercolor pictures add a quiet drama.” —Starred, Booklist


“Perfect reading for a warm night.” —Starred, The Horn Book


“This sweet, gentle story is perfectly constructed and balanced . . . Quietly lovely.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews


“Bean creates almost magical rhythms in this pitch-perfect story.”  —Starred, Publishers Weekly


“The watercolor illustrations . . . perfectly depict the shadows, darkness, and light of the slumbering city.” —School Library Journal


“The text has a quietly lulling cadence . . . that his highly suitable to a nighttime read.”  —Bulletin of Center for Children’s Books


“Such a simple story, such a lovely one.”  —Globe and Mail