Tuesday, December 25, 2018

THE NIGHT BOX by Louise Greig. Illus. by Ashling Lindsay. New York: Clarion Books, 2018. 32p. ISBN 978-132885093-5 hc. $17.99     PreS-Gr.1     E PIC

The golden glow and deep shadows from the setting sun turn to orange as Max is called into the house for the night.  It's getting dark, but Max completes the process by opening the Night Box to let darkness out and the light in before locking it up again and going to bed.  The illustrations become even more breathtaking (if that's possible) as stars come out and animals from the woods nearby carry on their nocturnal activities.  When morning comes, Max's Night Box lets the light out and stores darkness for another day.  This simplistic explanation for day and night may be perfect for youngsters who like to imagine control over the routines in their lives.  Others will want to know about the sun in relation to the earth's daily rotation.  It's a gentle story that could lead to educational discussion.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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