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One Dark Night Hardcover – April 1, 2003

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PreSchool-K-Mouse and Mole share a "wee little" life in a "wee little" house, and decide to venture out one dark night through a swamp and wood. Fearful and nervous, the mole relies on the braver mouse to lead them along. Meanwhile, a hungry, impatient bear appears to be waiting for something before he can eat from the full table he has set in his lair. Mole and Mouse become lost and scared, while Bear decides to go out and find what he is waiting for, grumpily approaching the two friends and growling "YOU'RE LATE!" The little creatures are then happily relieved, and readers see that they are the anticipated guests of Bear, who has waited for their visit to share the feast he has prepared. Wheeler has written a menacingly suspenseful romp in scenes alternating between Mouse and Mole's venture and Bear's imposing anger. The wax pencil crayon and watercolor illustrations depict the lair scenes in browns and yellows and the outdoor nighttime vistas in blue greens, and the characters' expressions nicely reflect all the nervous tension. Children will probably not realize that Bates has provided a bit of foreshadowing in the original lair scene showing an abundantly set table. Deliciously scary.
Rita Soltan, formerly at Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI
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"A very encouraging story in praise of unlikely friendships."--Kirkus Reviews
"Cleverly mixing suspense and humor, this well-crafted book . . . Will surprise, satisfy and spur repeat readings."--Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152023186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152023188
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,890,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

LISA WHEELER is the author of several award-winning picture books, including Sixteen Cows, One Dark Night, and Mammoths On the Move, which recently received a Parent's Choice Recommended Award. She lives near Detroit, Michigan. www.lisawheelerbooks.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ardnam VINE VOICE on March 7, 2004
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Adorable and well illustrated. The author leads the young reader to believe that Mouse and Mole are headed to their own demise. This book is a great read aloud also and I have used it in my classroom. Children love the meter of the ryhmed text. Highly recommended. You'll love the happy ending.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2003
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Mouse and Mole are two teensy-tiny creatures in the woods. There's a BIG GIANT hungry bear there too. "Then, one dark night. . ." Mouse and Mole venture out and travel through the woods. Meanwhile the bear is getting hungrier and hungrier. Of course, they meet. . .and, the ending will surprise you! You will fall in love with the characters because the illustrations are so well done. But the best part of all for me, as a teacher, is the rhythm and rhyme of this story. Kids love to hear good verse and Lisa Wheeler has it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on September 20, 2012
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It's fun to do this in high and low voices as you read it out loud and your kids sit, raptly attentive.

Meanwhile... This is also a great book for onomatopoeia.
stomp
tramped
SQUISH-SQUASH-A-SQUISH
TROMP-TRIP-TROMP
groans
growl
SNARL-SNUFF-A-SNUFF
grumbled

We've been studying onomatopopeia with my big kid who hates language arts, and this book snuck in under his defenses.

Great story book. Great illustrations!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2004
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I have a two year old daughter who loves this book. I also have a nine year old daughter who thinks that this book is alot of fun. They both enjoy the nice surprsie at the end of the book after all of the built up suspense! This book is a treasure!
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I found this book at the library, and immediately purchased it to have at home. This is a beautifully illustrated children's story, with a fantastic twist at the very end. This is one of those children's stories that I truly enjoy reading to my 3 year old. There is plenty of rhyme and fun word choices to describe the journey of two companions, a mouse and a mole, and separately, a large bear getting hungrier and hungrier as he awaits an opportunity to eat. The illustrations perfectly capture the emotions of the characters, as they venture out into a dark and gloomy night, only to become lost. Meanwhile, the bear can no longer contain his hunger and storms out of his den. The first time we read it, I was certain the hungry bear and the two small animals were going to cross paths, with an uncertain outcome. However, the result of their meeting was unexpected. This is definitely one of our all- time favorites.
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One Dark Night is a cute book that has a mouse and mole who take on an adventure at night. The embark on a journey to meet a friend for dinner.
We also have bear who is very hungry and we get the impression that he is looking for food as he stomps and growls in his den.
We both liked how the animals are friends even though at first we are not told that.
The pictures are very colorful the text is nice and big. It is easy to read and know what is going on. I think this would be a good book for those learning to read.
I liked how mouse reassures his friend mole who is scared of the dark.
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By Emily Decker on May 7, 2014
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Cleverly written and fun to read. The illustrations are fun and well executed. My 2 1/2 year old requested this book EVERY night for almost a month.
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By Susan on February 20, 2014
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If your toddler/preschooler is intrigued by the pictures like my grandson is, then this will be enjoyed. There are plenty of details to be discovered at each successive reading.
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