The Night Walker
The Night Walker
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Hardcover, 9781550416725, 32pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2003
Nominated for the Shining Willow Award, 2003
Late one afternoon a young Native boy goes exploring over the hills and through the forests beyond his home. At his side, he carries a walking stick and a pouch in which to place interesting objects he finds along the way. But as his pouch fills with treasure and he travels farther from home, the boy begins to hear something strange-a clinking, clicking, rustling sound that seems to be following right along behind him.
Now the boy has a stick, so he can chase away a wild dog or a fox. But what if the sound is a panther...or even a bear? The boy walks faster and faster. The sound gets louder and louder. Terrified, the boy realizes what must be making the terrible sound-the Night Walker The Night Walker has long, sharp claws and carries a sack to trap all the foolish boys who wander alone at night. Has the dreaded creature come to snatch the boy away? Or could it be something else that has been following him all along? A powerful story with a satisfying ending that will elicit great sighs of relief.
Author Richard Thompson weaves a tale of mystery and suspense with characteristically skillful, rhythmic prose. Martin Springett's sweeping, stylized artwork captures the sense of danger without taking its young audience too far. This is another fine collaboration from the author and illustrator of the best-selling title, The Follower.
MARY ALICE DOWNIE is a pioneering children's author of historical fiction, folktales and picture books, and is the co-editor of the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon award-winning book "The Wind Has Wings". Mary Alice and husband John Downie also co-authored "Honour Bound" and "Danger in Disguise". They live in Kingston, Ontario.
Martin Springett, originally from Crayford in Kent, England, currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. A children's illustrator for over ten years, Martin has been nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration (for Who), has won the Aurora Award for Artistic Achievement, and has received two Silver Awards from the Art Directors Club of Toronto.