Japanese artist Kohara’s Midnight Library is open all night. A little pigtailed librarian and her owl assistants can always find the perfect book for any nocturnal visitor. One night, peace is shattered by a squirrel rock band looking for a place to practice; the librarian leads them to the activities room--a perfect solution! But could it be raining inside the library? No, it’s a weeping wolf with a sad book, settled in the storytelling corner, where the librarian reads with her to the happy ending. Even a slow-reading tortoise gets a library card and takes his huge book home. All this happens on pages of deep midnight blue and gorgeous goldenrod, printed in black with Kohara’s curving linocuts suggesting both Gothic and Art Deco (sure to fascinate adults). As dawn breaks, librarian and owls settle in for a cozy bedtime story, reassuring the youngest visitors that a library is a place for everyone!
2014; Ages 3 to 7
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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.