Book Review: The Night World

January 24, 2016

The Night World by Mordicai Gerstein
From Miss Melia at Main Library

"The world sometimes seems like a different place at night. Everything is dark and black and nothing is like it is in the daytime. In The Night World , everyone in the house is sleeping, except the cat, Sylvie. She wakes her boy during the night, wanting to go outside. As the boy and the cat wander through a dark house to the dark outdoors, it is hard to distinguish what things are. There are dark shapes and shadows unlike the ones during the day. The duo arrives outside to find that the night is alive. Animals come out, waiting for something. But what? Then a glow begins and the night world slowly begins to change.

"Illustrations are often the best part of a picture book, and The Night World is a great example of this. Gerstein does an excellent job using a combination of acrylics, pen and ink, and colored pencil to convey the night world and what comes after it. As the pictures go from dark and black to light and colorful, the reader is reminded of the most brilliant sunrises. A great bedtime story!"

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