The Night Walk

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The Night Walk
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Age Range
4+
Release Date
April 20, 2021
ISBN
978-1782506393
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Mama opened our bedroom door. "Wake up, you two," she whispered. "Let's go, so we get there on time."

Excited, the sleepy family step outside into a beautiful summer night. The world is quiet and shadowy, filled with fresh smells and amazing sights. Is this what they miss when they're asleep?

Together, they walk out of their sleeping village. What will they find in the dark landscape?

This beautiful and evocative book movingly recalls family trips and the excitement of unknown adventure, while celebrating the awe-inspiring joy of the natural world.

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magical walk through the night
Overall rating
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
THE NIGHT WALK takes the reader on a walk at night through the village and into the wilderness. Parents wake their two children early to go for a hike. They take note of the hotel that is still lit and the last house in town before heading into the magical forest to the lake and up a hill to see the effervescent sunrise. The book captures the feelings of the walk not only through the text but also through the carefully drawn and colored illustrations that feature only blue and yellow.

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.
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