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Monday, February 21, 2011

"How to Make a Night" Review

Author: Linda Ashman
Illustrator: Tricia Tusa
Publisher: South China Printing Co. Ltd.
Copyright: 2004
ISBN: 0-06-029032-3
Summary: "After a hectic day, it is time to bring on the night so that a child and her family can finally rest."
Accelerated Reader Book, reading level 1.5

I chose to review this book since it has such an interesting cover and title.  How to Make a Night.....hmmmm how do you make a night?  use your imagination.  

This story is written in rhyme, which I really like.  Rhyming books are fun to read out loud and keep the attention of little ones.  In this story you get a detailed account of this family's day....everything seems to be going wrong.  So it comes to a point where the little girl makes the night and puts away the day.  Where would you put the sun if you had to put it away for the night?  my little boy loves seeing the illustration of the hiding place.  

"Time to settle down!
 Time to clean the mess!
 Time to bring the night around
 So everyone can rest."

The art in this book is has a bold, messy look.  Lots of color, very busy.  Collage style using paint, fabric, markers and cut outs of real items.  One page showing the planets uses a globe, golf ball, lemon, artichoke, etc.

My son, 4 1/2 yrs,  likes this book, as I stated above he thinks it's funny what happens to the sun at night.  The children at my school seem to enjoy this book as well, it circulates a lot.

On a scale of 1-10, I will give this one an 8.  It is a visually interesting book, with a nice rhyming text and a quirky little story.

Review by Christy F. @ PrincessPinkk's Ponderings. 

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