By Susan Gal
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Library Binding, 9780375958625, 32pp.)
Publication Date: November 10, 2009
List Price: $17.99*
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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.
Susan Gal began her illustration career as a poster and calendar artist. She then worked as an “actor with a pencil” for Disney Animation before returning to her native California to create fun and whimsical illustrations. You can read more about Susan at www.galgirlstudio.com. This is her first picture book. She lives in Berkeley, California.
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"