Thursday, June 2, 2016

Children's Picture Book Review: The Night Children by Sarah Tsiang

Title: The Night Children
Author: Sarah Tsiang
Illustrator: Delphine Bodet
Publisher: Annick Press
Publication Date: August 18, 2015
Pages: 32
Source: Netgalley

When the streets are empty and kids are called home for dinner and put to bed, the world becomes a magical place. It's only then that the night children emerge from the shadows, ready to play. In this evocative and lyrical picture book, it is the night children who rule, taking over the world that the day children have left behind. 

The mischievous night children frolic in the twilight, rummaging for treasures and scattering surprises, stealing slices of the moon and dancing on rooftops. Only when dawn breaks do they tuck themselves away. But if you look very closely, you might just catch a glimpse of them disappearing as you wake up. Were the night children ever really there, or did you dream them?

Complemented by beautiful, glowing artwork, this poetic story about the allure of a world unknown and the parallels between imagination and reality will ignite the creative souls of children everywhere.

My Thoughts: 
At the end of the day, when all the children are going home for dinner or bed, the night children come out of the shadows and start their play where the day children left off. Chasing lightning bugs, creating messes, scattering leaves, and stealing slices of the moon, these night children leave their mark wherever they roam. 

This richly imagined story with poetic prose is sure to be a favorite bedtime story. The illustrations are quite whimsical and beautiful. I love the shadows of the Night Children and the trees incorporated through the first few pages. I love the Night Children's hats which make them look just as mischievous as they really are. Overall, this was a very fun read.

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