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The night world / Mordicai Gerstein.

Gerstein, Mordicai, (author,, illustrator.).
Book Book (2015.)
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
18 of 18 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries). (Show all copies)
1 of 1 copy available at Phillips Academy.
0 current holds with 18 total copies.
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  • ISBN: 0316188220 (hc)
  • ISBN: 9780316188227 (hc)
  • Edition: First edition.
Summary: Sylvie the cat persuades her boy to go into the darkness very late at night, where they're greeted by the shadows of roses and other flowers, and by nocturnal animals who whisper, "It's almost here."
Alternate Title: Nightworld
Citation: Gerstein, Mordicai. "The night world." New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2015 March #2
    *Starred Review* Caldecott Medalist Gerstein delights and inspires readers in this meditation on the night. A sleeping boy is awakened by a "meow." The cat on his bed, Sylvie, wants to go outside, even as the boy protests it's too early. But out of the dark house—"Is this our house?"—they creep, and Sylvie, who can now speak, tells the boy, "It's coming." Several stunning two-page spreads executed in shades of black and charcoal and dotted by hundreds of bright stars bring the nighttime world close. Then animals step out of the shadows, making the outdoors pulse with life. By the time birds appear in the trees, the shadows are lifting, and the stars fade into the glow of morning. Glorious sunlit spreads capture not just the look of a breaking dawn but the haunting feel of watching night turn to day. Gerstein is at the top of his game here, capturing a nearly inexpressible mood. Beginning with the very darkest shades while the boy is in the house (with only the green eyes of the cat or the whites of the boy's eyes for color) makes readers look and look again, and once they are outside, the animals' stirrings will have children pointing at the darkened pages with delight. The strong yet simple message impresses: look around; there are so many wonderful things to see. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2015 April #3

    Caldecott Medalist Gerstein (The Man Who Walked Between the Towers) lifts two everyday miracles up for celebration—the way that night transforms objects into unfamiliar forms and shadows, and the way that morning restores them to their original splendor. One morning before dawn, a black cat jumps onto the bed of a boy. "Me-out!" Sylvie tells him. "It's coming." Gerstein paints the two as black shapes on soft gray; as they creep through the house, sleeping family members and bulky pieces of furniture create graceful, abstract compositions. For Gerstein, night is not a problem to be solved. The boy wanders without anxiety, and everything unfolds with a sense of leisurely pleasure. He wonders at the starry sky ("The air is warm and sweet.... This is the night world. There are shadows everywhere") and struggles to identify familiar things. "Are those lilies and sunflowers? Where are their colors?" Now, animals begin to gather in anticipation: deer, an owl, a porcupine, rabbits. "It's coming," they murmur. What's coming is clear, but readers will find their hearts beating faster despite themselves. The sky begins to lighten, becoming a pale, milky green. A turn of the page and the sky grows brighter; the animals retreat: "This is our bedtime." Yet another page turn, and the boy greets the rising sun. "It's here!" says Sylvie. The sun casts long yellow rays, and the flowers are revealed in all their glory. It's a remarkable achievement, gratifying for the way simple pencil lines and casual strokes of color are used to create the luminous spreads. Gerstein's sure eye and patient observation of each moment of the dawn provide all the drama this narrative needs. Ages 3–6. (June)

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  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2015 March

    PreS-Gr 2—The shadows of a summer night sing the promise of morning to a boy and his cat as they venture out into the dark yard surrounding their house. In the introductory scene just before the title page, the redheaded boy, tucked in bed in his darkened room, addresses the black cat curled above him, gazing through the window at the dusky world. "Good-night, Sylvie." Sylvie, it soon appears, is not ready for sleep and meows insistently until the two tiptoe through the sleeping house and out into the nighttime shadows. Gerstein's roughly sketched scenes with well-chosen detail are done on gray art paper, a fine choice for these shadowy night views. The early indoor scenes are boxed against the outer page. Heading for the open door, Sylvie hints, "It's coming…hurry." The dark outside opens fully on a spread and is soft and comfortable with shadows everywhere. "Are those shadows roses? Are those lilies and sunflowers? Where are their colors?" Soon the shadows reveal a great variety of animals that begin to echo Sylvie's hint. "It's on its way…here it comes…It's almost here." Eventually a glow appears above the trees, the shadowy animals slip away, and the world gathers color, leading to a full burst of sun. Boy and cat rush into the house to announce the beautiful day. Gerstein adds a personal note about his early childhood discomfort with the outer night world and his lifelong love of sunrise. Children will surely respond to his simple scheme, beautifully crafted with spare text and with much to enjoy in the homely views of house and yard. VERDICT This is fun bedtime fare, but so much more—parents and teachers will find many possibilities for conversations about night and day.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

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