In the Night Garden

Holiday House/Neal Porter. Jul. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823449866.
PreS-Gr 3–For children who wonder what happens in the garden at night, here is a gorgeously illustrated book for story hours. Berger takes readers on a shadowy adventure through the mysteries, where fireflies light up the darkness, a cat tiptoes across the roof, a family of foxes plays along the edges, and every scene is delightfully illustrated using cut-paper collage. The text is lyrically written with high level vocabulary but short sentences to keep even the youngest readers engaged. The artwork is very detailed; some of the paper has printed words, offering readers a chance to guess what the paper may have been in its previous use. This is a charming book that could be used as a bedtime story, but also as a lesson for being open to what is not yet understood. Pair this with Monica Wellington’s Night City or Night Rabbits for more benevolent books about the night.
VERDICT Readers will want to return to this beautiful picture book over and over again. A first purchase.

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