From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-The spindly legged, pale Insomniac family-Mother, Father and little Mika-lead a regular diurnal life until Mrs. Insomniac gets a new job "twelve time zones away." Once they arrive at their new home, the family members live up to their name and goth visages-despite their efforts, they cannot fall asleep at night but snooze at work and school. Unable to rectify this dire situation by themselves, they venture out to observe animal sleeping habits for ideas. When they see bats "dipp[ing], div[ing] and squeal[ing] with delight," the Insomniacs decide that they, too, can lead a happy and fulfilling nocturnal existence, exchanging "the sun [for]...stars and fireflies and northern lights." Father develops his photos in a darkroom. Mother studies the stars through her telescope, and Mika goes to night school remotely. Reminiscent of the work of Edward Gorey, Charles Addams, and a certain Tim Burton-esque aesthetic, the art for this book forges its own style without feeling derivative. Full-page mixed-media (charcoal, pencil, and computer) illustrations are cleverly designed and depict the sepia Insomniacs against the backgrounds of saturated yellow for daylight, red for interiors, and deep dark blue for nighttime scenes. An offbeat (but satisfying) bedtime story for fans of quirky tales and nighttime adventures.-Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, Starred Review:
"Reminiscent of the work of Edward Gorey, Charles Addams, and a certain Tim Burton-esque aesthetic, the art for this book forges its own style without feeling derivative. Full-page mixed-media (charcoal, pencil, and computer) illustrations are cleverly designed. . . . An offbeat (but satisfying) bedtime story for fans of quirky tales and nighttime adventures."
From KIRKUS REVIEWS, Starred Review:
"A quietly magnificent paean to the wonder of nighttime and the solidity of a family unit. . . . What first seems an eerie, baby-goth vibe is held steady by the stable, close-knit family and lack of crisis in this atmospheric, calmly splendid piece."
From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY:
"Future fans of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean will thrill to this after-dark debut from Wolf, with shadowy illustrations by Ben and Sean Hilts. . . . Where most picture books say goodnight, this unusual entry gives the go-ahead to stay up late."
"The grainy, deeply shaded blue-and-black palette is beautifully illuminated by lanterns, the moon, creatures’ eyes, and other things that glow. . . . The characters, with their dark-rimmed eyes and spindly limbs, resemble nonscary Tim Burton creations and will speak to those who prefer their bedtime stories on the magical dark side."