Friday, November 18, 2016

The Way Home in the Night - a bookwrap

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Authored and illustrated by 
Akiko Miyakoshi

Unwrapping some illustrations for you ...

About the book...

This charming, heartwarming book takes you inside the mind of an adorable young rabbit who is being carried home one night in the arms of her mommy.   The streets, although empty, are framed by a variety of buildings with illuminated windows that show the day-end activities of normal folks getting ready to close shop, enjoy family time, and put their feet up and relax after a hard day's work.

The book appeals to the little rabbit's senses: things seen - such as flickering lights as someone is watching TV, a couple hugging lovingly goodbye as he goes out the door to work, things heard -such as a telephone ringing - it's shrill sound cutting through the silent night air, and fragrances smelled - such as a delicious apple pie cooking making a mouth-water experience of envy, just to name a few.  

Her daddy meets the tired duo and takes the one in his arms to carry her to their final destination.... their home!   Once there she is tucked into bed but before she falls asleep she reflects on the things  she has observed on her journey.  Is the person on the phone she witnessed getting ready for bed now?  Is the bookseller from the bookstore reading one last book curled up on his couch?  Is the yummy pie all baked and ready to be shared with the family? All these thoughts swirl around in her head making her eyes heavy and her mind finally come to the conclusion that some nights are ordinary, others are special, but she knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that every single night everyone ultimately finds his way  home to his bed and goes to sleep.  Zzzzzzzzzz!

I love the book. It is quiet and gentle and tender.  The illustrations are soft, warm and cozy with a perfect colour pallet to express  calm and rest.  I simply adore Japanese  picture books.  This one is a perfect bedtime story to snuggle up with and enjoy with your little one.  I highly, highly recommend it.

Storywraps rating:  5+++ hugs!!!!

About the author/illustrator...

Akiko Miyakoshi was born in Saitama, on the island of Honshu in Japan. She began creating picture books while studying visual communication design at Musashino Art University. Her first picture book, The Storm, won the Nissan Children's Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix.
In 2009, after living in Berlin, Germany, she launched her career creating picture books for young children. Her anticipated follow-up, The Tea Party in the Woods, was her first book translated into English and was received with critical acclaim. She has since been featured in solo exhibitions in Tokyo and has published numerous picture books, which have been translated into French, Spanish and Chinese. She currently lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.

The Tea Party in the Woods

2015 - Best Picture Books of 2015, Kirkus Reviews, Winner
2015 - Elizabeth Bird's 100 Magnificent Children's Books of 2015, School Library Journal, Winner
2015 - 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2015, New York Public Library, Winner
2015 - The Huffington Post's Best Picture Books of 2015, Huffington Post, Commended

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The Storm2016    

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