What I loved: The text and illustrations are perfectly matched, capturing the feeling and wonder of the walk through the night. The text is lyrical, describing the scene through metaphors and apt descriptors. The coloring of the book is quite interesting, with a limited color scheme that manages to capture the way things would look at night. There are also some fun details in the dark with animals, a train, and other things that happen around the core family walking that night. The book ends with a captivating sunrise and the illustration again captures the wonder, intensity, and magic of it.
The text is printed in white on each page, making it a little easier to read against the dark backdrop, though the font is small to keep space for the full page, detailed illustrations. The story is equally told through the images, so this seemed apt.
Final verdict: With fantastic illustrations and lyrical prose, THE NIGHT WALK captures the wonder and magic of a walk through the night leading to a stunning sunrise. Recommend for preschool through elementary school aged readers.