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The Night Riders Hardcover – August 7, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: McSweeney's McMullens (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936365561
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936365562
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 10.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-This rather strange, otherworldly wordless picture book features a cartoonish-looking frog and mouse who go exploring on their bike in the middle of the night. The ride takes them through odd-looking forests, down under the ground, and into the ocean. Before heading out, however, they each have a salad-a bowl of bugs for Frog and lettuce and tomato for Mouse. As the ride continues, Frog and Mouse encounter odd-colored animals with oversize eyes, a scaly orange dragon, gremlins, and blue snakes and kiwis. With long fangs and an angry stare, the dragon looks scary but turns out to be quite friendly. He leads the pair underground where they meet up with a pink and orange video-gaming batlike creature. The four new friends explore a deserted town before heading out to the ocean. More fantastic and dangerous creatures await them, along with some friendly mauve-colored porpoises. Tired but happy, the four creatures greet the dawn from a cliff overlooking the ocean. The illustrations are rendered in crayon, watercolor, and ink in a style that is reminiscent of '80s monster cartoons or movies. Some children will enjoy the detail on each page, and the spread depicting the underwater world is colorful and attractive. However, other children will find the creatures' strange faces and features too frightening. The dust cover opens out into a poster. A supplemental purchase.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review

"Stunning... The Night Riders is my favorite book of the year. It will soon enough be referred to as a classic, and I hope it spawns many sequels."—50 Watts

"AMAZING. This book just zoomed to the top of my all-time-favorite-kids'-books list."
—Jordan Crane

"Oddly heartwarming [and] filled with unexpected turns... On every page, Furie imagines ever more pleasantly surreal plants, trees, and animals."—Publisher's Weekly

"Presented in a mix of sequential panels and full-spread views, this easy-to-follow debut tale is rich in both drama and sights that are less dangerous-looking than delightfully strange."
Kirkus

"Wonderfully written and illustrated."—Media Darlings Blog

"A fantastic debut... My son was totally captivated by the meticulous details of fur, scales, claws, tongues, and menagerie of bizarre creatures residing in the scenery. It's a story that at first glance might seem slightly creepy and odd, but turns out to be stirring and surprisingly touching." —Apartment Therapy

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A good book for first steps towards reading!
Tree Star
The illustrations are very detailed and give the reader a lot to look at.
This Kid Reviews Books
It's now my go-to book for nieces/nephews in the toddler demographic.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MrsT on September 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My three year old nephew loved The Night Riders!! We hung the poster on the wall in his room and he loves to bring people in to show off the beautiful poster before he reads the book to them. The book has no words so each time my nephew reads it he makes up a story that is a little different each time. Beautifully Illustrated!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Guy on September 13, 2013
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Perfect book for children who can talk but can't yet read - there are no words in this book! It's all very vivid, strange, and beautiful illustratoins that are incredibly entertaining for anyone with an imagination. You can make up a different story every time. There is so much detail on every page to explore and makeup a story-line for, it's fantastic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AJS on August 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year-old son received this book from his grandfather. It contains very rich illustrations and no words! The result is my son is engrossed with the visual presentation and is compelled to tell his version of the story as he turns the pages. Big thumbs up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erika Dietrich Lunder on April 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing. Opa bought it for my 3 year old, and the first time I read it I was crying with laughter. I am not sure why it struck me as so funny, it has potential to be scary, with snakes, spiders, weird trolls smoking pipes while leaning against tree stumps, but my kids love it, and the fold-out poster is a great addition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Gear on July 16, 2013
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I went to middle school and high school with the author (as well as worked with him and hung out with him before he left Ohio) and remember Furie drawing similar characters for years. Was nice to have a children's book I could get for my nieces and nephew.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Edwards on September 17, 2012
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I wasn't exactly sure what to expect from this book. Perhaps I was expecting more of a "children's book" from the cover, but this is a fantastic(al) journey of a graphic novel (sans words) for any teen or adult who enjoys art and wishes to reconnect with the best themes (companionship and adventure) of their youth. Each frame is like a fine print, and the author is both a recognized comic artist and conceptual artist, so anyone interested in getting their hands on something "of the moment" in terms of art collection should find this more than interesting.
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