George and His Nighttime Friends

by Seng Soun Ratanavanh (Author)

George and His Nighttime Friends
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

George learns to overcome his fear of the dark with the help of his new nighttime friends, an ensemble of endearing animals rendered in celebrated illustrator Seng Soun Ratanavanh's wondrous, dreamy style. In his cozy house on his cozy street, George slips into bed, but. sleep will not come.

He is afraid of the dark and wishes for even one small nighttime friend to help him. When a little mouse appears, a night of adventure begins. George meets new friends, like a piano-playing bunny with stage fright and a penguin afraid of water. He learns that everyone has fears, and good nighttime friends can help you overcome them all--and have fun along the way! Each page is filled with stunning, vibrant details perfect for an imaginative bedtime story.

Fans of the Miyuki series will be delighted to discover this new classic, for the first time both written and illustrated by Seng Soun Ratanavanh.

Publishers Weekly

First published in France, this quiet picture book by author-illustrator Ratanavanh features a light brown-haired, pale-skinned child named George, who is lonely, afraid of the dark, and unable to sleep. Wishing for a nighttime friend, George is in for a surprise when an array of different animals arrives in turn: kindly guide Mouse, "Mole, the guardian of the books," elegant piano-playing Rabbit, aquaphobic Penguin, badminton champion-hopeful Panda, and chef Pig. The group has an idyllic time reading, taking a bath, and playing, among other activities, before George returns to bed. Empathic prose pinpoints sensory details: "faces glowing by candlelight, to share a dreamy feast of strawberries and cream and sprinkles." Intricate, multi-patterned watercolor and colored pencil spreads present jewel-toned settings and plenty of details to pore over, including the origin of George's new pals. This whimsical, transportive bedtime story will soothe children with nighttime fears of their own. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)

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Review quotes

"In this French import, a young child goes searching for a nighttime friend to help him overcome his fear of the dark...Satisfying, comforting, and full of tender surprises....A whimsical escort from the reality of nighttime into the fantasy of dreamland."
- Kirkus Reviews (STARRED REVIEW),
Seng Soun Ratanavanh
Seng Soun Ratanavanh is a French illustrator and painter living in Paris. She graduated from the National School of Fine Arts ( ENSBA Paris) and regularly exhibits her paintings and drawings in France and abroad. She previously illustrated Thank You, Miyuki; Patience, Miyuki; and Time For Bed, Miyuki.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2021

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