Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Night Children - a bookwrap


Author:  Sarah Tsiang

Illustrator:  Delphine Bodet

Ages:  4-7

Unwrapping some illustrations for you to enjoy...

About the book...

This book is imaginative, mysterious and haunting.  What happens when children are called home after a busy day, the streets are quiet and empty, and darkness closes in?  Well that's when the night children come out to play.  When everyone is tucked safely in his bed these strange, concealed children come to life.

"It is the night children who shrug on shadows like coats, and play with what the day has left behind."

Wearing strange head gear that cover their eyes, their senses lead them to chase fireflies, etch the frosty patterns on windows, play chase in the puffy clouds, scurry and noisily knock over bins searching for lost treasures inside, disengage leaves from the trees and scatter them all over their world, string sticky gossamer webs to catch flies and children, and surreptitiously steal slices of the moon. They prance and dance and to explore and indulge in the wonders of the night world around them.  

When morning comes and the light once again breaks through, they return to their resting places still and silent until nighttime awakens them from their slumber and their night circus resumes once again.

The illustrations are hauntingly beautiful.  They enrich the telling of the story and I am sure will spark a conversation about the things that go bump in the night.

Introducing the author...

As a child, Sarah Tsiang dreamed about being a part-time librarian and a part-time truck driver. Though many people suggested that she work in a bookmobile, it just didn’t thrill her the way an 18-wheeler could. Eventually, she gave up that dream and decided to be the prime minister of Canada. Somehow, this led her to writing picture books and poetry.
Sarah spends most of her days building giant snow forts, jumping in piles of leaves, and going to the splash pad at the park (adjust for season). She also writes. Sarah starting writing at the age of four, mostly one-word stories comprised of her favorite words: “noodles” and “mommy.” She spent most of her time in elementary school making up stories for her friends during recess. She spent the rest of her time reading and re-reading books like Jacob Two-TwoCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryThe Indian in the Cupboard, and Where the Red Fern Grows.
Sarah writes picture books, Young Adult fiction (YA), and poetry. Her picture books include A Flock of Shoes (2010), Dogs Don’t Eat Jam and Other Things Big Kids Know (2011), and The Stone Hatchlings (2012).She has also written a middle-grade book of non-fiction, Warriors and Wailers: 100 Ancient Chinese Jobs You Might Have Relished or Reviled (2012). Her YA novel for reluctant readers is the fast-paced Breathing Fire (Orca 2014). Her latest picture book is The Night Children (Fall 2015), a lyrical ode to the spirits of imagination. Her two books of poetry are the Gerald Lampert Award winning Sweet Devilryand the Pat Lowther Award nominated Status Updates.
Sarah and her daughter spend a lot of time at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, where they are trying to read every book in the building. Her newest little one, Isaac, is keen to start reading as soon as his eyes can focus and he figures out how his hands work. Of the hundreds of their family’s favorite picture books, a few of them are the Mole Sisters series, anything by Mo Willems, anything by Sarah Garland, Best Friends for FrancesThe Story of FerdinandEmily’s BalloonDormir, moi? Jamais!I Really Want to Eat a ChildIsh, and A Pocket Can Have a Treasure In It.
Sarah loves school visits and can hold writing workshops for anyone from kindergarteners to seniors.

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