PreS-K. In his room at night, a boy looks outside and tries to imagine what is making the noise he hears. At each turn of the page, he tries out a new idea: "It is the calf, I think, / on the loose / that calls out waaah, / that calls out maaah . . ." Using the same form of rhythm and rhyme and many of the same words on each double-page spread, the text falls into a pattern that moves the story along almost musically; as the pages turn, the focus shifts from the boy to the animals, then back to the farm and the boy's bedroom. The mesmerizing effect of the verse makes this a good bedtime story, and it's no surprise that the boy is falling asleep on the last page. Ransome makes the most of the simple story with graceful scenes of the African American boy and the rural night scenes he sees and imagines. Every firefly and moonlit flash of white glows against the muted colors, while in the shadows, viewers can discern a cat on the prowl and frogs in the dark waters of the pond. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
About the Author
Ferida Wolff is the author of fifteen books for young people, including A Year for Kiko
, Watch Out for Bears!
, On Halloween Night
, Seven Loaves of Bread
, A Weed Is a Seed
, and Pink Slippers
, Bat Mitzvah Blues
, a Sydney Taylor Honor Book. She lives in Cherry Hill, NJ.
James Ransome's work has appeared in nearly fifty books for children, including Uncle Jed's Barbershop, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and This Is the Dream. His highly acclaimed illustrations for Let My People Go: Bible Stories Told by a Freeman of Color won the NAACP Image Award. He teaches illustration at Syracuse University and lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with his family.