Night Lights

Night Lights

By Susan Gal

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375858628, 32pp.

Publication Date: November 10, 2009


The night is full of lights in this warm bedtime story.

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.

About the Author
Susan Gal is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, and has written widely on questions of language, politics, and gender in East Central Europe. Gail Kligman is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has written widely on culture, politics, and gender in East Central Europe. Gal and Kligman are coeditors of "Reproducing Gender: Politics, Publics, and Everyday Life after Socialism."

Praise For Night Lights

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"