by Stephen Savage (Author)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Softly, silently, growing ever stronger, something moves across the night. What is it? Moonlight. A bedtime journey of every child's most familiar nighttime sight follows the light of the moon as it spans the whole world. With the light, we traverse the globe, as the moonlight reveals itself in stunning, unexpected ways--from jungle to forest, from sea to valley, from faraway to right through your window.

At once profound and playful, this mesmerizing story will entrance every reader into a sleep full of beautiful, transporting dreams.

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Kirkus Reviews

A stunning bedtime tale infused with a bit of suspense.

Horn Book Magazine

Savage's lyrical bedtime book invites pajama-clad listeners into a moment of quiet wonder. Well-placed text complements the inked block prints to create a thoughtful interplay between shadow and light.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

"Something is on the move," writes Savage (And Then Came Hope) in an opening line that lures readers through a series of linocut settings. Rendered in a limited palette of cool hues--from teal to deepest navy--with accents of gleaming white, the world is composed of alluring and allusive shadows, shapes, and textures: a dense rainforest, a tropical seashore, the deck of a ship, a bank of clouds, an alpine landscape, a train depot, and, finally, an urban neighborhood. As the pages turn, readers mull over what is it that "streaks through the forest then slips--// tumbling over/ a waterfall, swirling/ down a river," and "hides behind/ a cloud, // then catches a passing plane." An intimate final scene in a child's bedroom reveals the answer, though the book's title is certainly a tip-off. With the six-sentence text providing an almost incantatory counterpoint to the pictures' clean, geometric lines, and bold, flat colors, this is a lovely bedtime meditation on themes of universality, a shared planet, and quiet wonder. Ages 4-8. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Book Group. (Aug.)

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Review quotes

"This gentle berceuse initially teases with soothing prose and intriguing visual misdirection. . . . Linocuts in blues, teals, and greens merge the Earth, sea, and sky into a dreamy continuum. . . . Sleep-resistant listeners may want to talk about places where the moonlight shines at that very minute, but a reprise of Savage's lyrical text should do the lulling trick." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Neal Porter Books
Publication date
August 20, 2022
BISAC categories
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV023000 - Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles | City & Town Life
JUV057000 - Juvenile Fiction | Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
Library of Congress categories

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