By Susan Gal
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375858628, 32pp.
Publication Date: November 10, 2009
Susan Gal tells the story of a child's evening routine through all the different kinds of lights that shine in the night. From the porch light by the front door, to the firelight (and firefly light ) of a backyard cookout, and the candles on a cake, everything seems to glow in this warm and cozy book. When the lightning of a sudden summer storm sends the action inside, there is light there too a bedside light to read by, a flashlight to make shadows with, a night-light to keep you company, and the moonlight for sweet dreams.
This reassuring reflection of a child's world makes a wonderful bedtime story, and would be sure to soothe any lingering fears of the dark. A warm, friendly, shining debut from a very talented new author-illustrator.
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2009:
"Gal cleverly weaves these intimate moments together to create a seamless bedtime story."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, November 2009:
"Young children will enjoy poring over the rich details in the cozy charcoal and digital collage spreads as they learn to read the simple text"