Smoky Night (Paperback)

By Eve Bunting, David Diaz (Illustrator)

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780152018849, 40pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 1999

Other Editions of This Title:
Prebound (4/1/1999)
Prebound (4/1/1999)
Hardcover (3/31/1994)
Hardcover (9/1/2002)

List Price: 7.99*
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Description

Eve Bunting’s heartfelt story and David Diaz’s dramatic illustrations create a compelling child’s-eye view of urban violence. A young boy and his mother are forced to flee their apartment during a night of rioting in Los Angeles. Fires and looting force neighbors—who have always avoided one another—to come together in the face of danger and concern for their missing pets. David Diaz was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his bold acrylic paint and photo-collage illustrations.


About the Author

Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.



David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. An illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, he is also a painter and an accomplished ceramic artist. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.


Praise For Smoky Night

Winner of the Caldecott Medal
An ALA Notable Children's Book
An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
A Hungry Mind Review Book of Distinction
A Publishers Weekly Children's Bestseller
A Parents' Choice Award Winner
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

“Diaz has not been afraid to take risks in illustrating the story with thickly textured paintings against a background of torn-paper and found-object collage. Without becoming cluttered or gimmicky, these pictures manage to capture a calamitous atmosphere that finally calms. . . . Both author and artist have managed to portray a politically charged event without pretense or preaching.”  —The Bulletin

"Monumental.”  —The New York Times Book Review

"Visually exciting.”  —Publishers Weekly

"A memorable, thought-provoking book.”  —The Horn Book

"Outstandingly handsome . . . an excellent vehicle for discussion.”  —Kirkus Reviews

"[A] powerful story.”  —School Library Journal

"A remarkable book.”  —The Hungry Mind Review

"Bunting takes a serious subject . . . and makes it understandable for children.”  —Instructor