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Updated: 2017-11-18T16:14:29.572-05:00


At Night


HARDCOVER; Published: 9/2/2016
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5471-1
41 Pages
ages 2 to 6

AT NIGHT starts with a series of animals paired with descriptions of where each one sleeps. (Mischievous minor characters roam the night.) A bat "dangles from the cave roof," a polar bear "snores loudly in his ice cave," and a little boy "sleeps peacefully in his bed." All is in order.

But then you come to two full moons—one in total eclipse—and the book literally flips into dreamland. The polar bear "snores in the doghouse," (or on top of the doghouse). "The dog dozes on a tree branch," and "the leopard dozes in the ice cave."

Bansch's illustrations are textured with collage and pen. Her work is sketchy and playful.

AT NIGHT is a bedtime book perfect for a preschooler who understands order, but enjoys when order is turned upside down.

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Thank you to Eerdmans Books for the review copy.

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"Swallows and seagulls, eagles and owls…" 

Isabelle Simler pairs a variety of birds (reminiscent of Charley Harper prints) with detailed illustrations of their feathers.

Both a counting book and a nature book, PLUME also has a hint of danger. A black cat lurks somewhere on each spread.

PLUME is elegant and fun, and has a cute cat ending.

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Plume par Isabelle Simler from Éditions courtes et longues on Vimeo.

Thank you to for the review copy.
HARDCOVER; Coming Soon: 8/14/2017
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5492-6
42 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 9" x 13"
Ages 3 to 7

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