Why are these pages so dark? It’s July--time for camping out overnight. Three pairs of glowing eyes in a forest introduce a skunk and an opossum who’s crept inside a tree to hide. From what? Night animals, of course! Then, to a weird “aaaaarrrrrrrooooo …,” a furry white wolf appears, running from something huge and hairy--it’s a scary bear with long, sharp claws. The little possum tries his playing-dead trick, but watch a bat silhouetted against the moon--he’s telling the terrified quartet there’s nothing to be afraid of. Notice a lighted tent-shape with a voice asking, “Did you hear something?” It’s another kind of night animal, flashing a bright yellow triangle of light! Turn the page to see the paralyzed possum on the ground, with other eyes watching him from a tree. Who knew camping out could be so exciting? Check inside the jacket for an illustrated chart about each adorable gouache-and-ink night animal.
Ages 3 to 7, 2015
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.