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At Night Hardcover – July 24, 2007
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After receiving his undergraduate degree from Messiah College, Jonathan moved to New York City in 2003 to attend graduate school at the School of Visual Arts. He received his first job illustrating for children when hired by Cricket in 2004. Since then, Jonathan's worked for numerous publishers and his illustration and writing have received widespread recognition. He has illustrated six picture books and just won his second Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for his latest book, Building Our House. His next book, Big Snow, arrives this Fall.
Top Customer Reviews
A young child can't sleep one night so she follows a soft breeze up to the roof of her apartment building and tries to sleep there. This simple plot is beautifully imagined in lovely watercolor illustrations that capture ordinary scenes and imbue them with a quiet and serene aura. In a series of poignant images the parents put their children to bed, the father carries a baby while another child holds her mother's hand and is pulled along running, and then they stand together in a bedroom doorway, the mother has her arms wrapped around the dad's waist, as they whisper, "Good night, happy dreams!" to the little girl. Although her room is dark and quiet, the little girl lies in her bed with her eyes wide open "listening to her family sleep" until a breeze stirs the curtains in her room, "blowing over the windowsill, it sank to the floor, drifted over her feet". Brown, orange and blue colors infuse these contemplative scenes with warmth and an old fashioned feel. Simple black lines outline color drenched figures and convey remarkably affecting expressions. A double spread near the end of the book shows the little girl resting peacefully in her makeshift bed that she has created from two chairs and a pile of bedding with her black cat sitting atop her comforter; her mother sits on the bed holding a steaming cup and gazing at the moon. The attractive colorful and detailed cover that shows the little girl and her mother on the roof against a tranquil early evening skyline -the mother is hanging laundry and the little girl is watering plants- hints robustly of the visual treats within. This small format book in which the illustrations take center stage is a little gem that is perfect for sharing with a preschool child at bedtime.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A girl who can't sleep and needs some fresh air, takes her things and makes her own bed on the roof of her home Excellent example of young initiative.Published on May 11, 2013 by RHODA K LAUVER
This book is very easy read. Jonathan Bean's illustrations are very simple but fit in perfectly with the wording and goal of the book. Read morePublished on November 24, 2012 by Jessica
My six-year-old granddaughter loves this book. It's short and simple and oh so special. It's something she and I share every time she sleeps over. Read morePublished on December 7, 2010 by Big Sky