The Night World by Mordicai Gerstein
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Everyone in the house is sleeping, but outside, the night world is wide-awake. It's a wonderful night to explore!
I would like to think that it is books like this that help alleviate childhood fears of the dark. That by understanding what darkness is and the fascinating things that live in the night, one will no longer fear the thing itself.
There is such a vibrant beauty to the illustrations that speaks of the author's love of the night. As the boy and his cat explore the world of night, a world filled with dewy grass, star filled sky, and shadow. The animals one never sees during the day begin to poke about. And then the night turns into morning. The birds begin to call. Animals leave. The sun peeks its head out and pushes back the shadows and send the night animals to bed. As a bit of a night owl I do love the homage to night and readily admit that usually the only way to enjoy a sunrise is to stay up all night. As a non-morning person, I'm afraid a sunrise lacks that special beauty when I am still waking up.