FICTION

The Night Knights

illus. by Cory Godbey. 40p. Abrams. May 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781419728464.
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PreS-Gr 2—Even though most kids know that monsters don't exist, there are always some who can't help but be afraid when darkness falls. Thankfully the Night Knights are here to help, whether you believe in monsters or not. Sterer spends most of the story elaborating on the idea that everyone has protectors watching over them at night. There are archers that create shooting stars, mounted knights that ride through the streets, and even giant owls that patrol the skies. It's a concept that may help some kids' peace of mind if they are having trouble sleeping, but some more anxious or inquisitive kids might have a slew of follow up questions, as this opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Godbey's illustrations definitely make the piece; his stoic characters against watercolor backgrounds make for a wonderfully dreamy landscape. However, nearly all of the pictures feature suburban-style houses.
VERDICT An imaginative addition best shared one-on-one.

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