From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1–This perfect bedtime read captures the sounds of a creaky old house in the country as well as the noises outside. Vivid images evoke the contrast between the stormy fall night and the snug coziness indoors: Hear the hissing,/Soft as kissing,/From the radiator grate./Hear the chiming/ Tell-the-timing/Of the hall clock striking eight. Attractive, full-page folk-art illustrations that combine collage and oil paint on gessoed watercolor paper lend an old-fashioned charm to the rural scene and the comfort and security within.–Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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PreS-K. This atmospheric bedtime book offers a quiet celebration of nighttime sounds. At dusk in a picturesque country village, a little girl preparing for bed identifies after-dark creaks, rustles, and rumbles as "lullabies" sung by the night. Lilting verse in a second-person voice ("Up you go / Tippy-toe") invites children inside cozy domestic scenes, as the rocking-chair rhythms and soothing words demystify scary unknowns: "Hear the hissing / Soft as kissing, / From the radiator grate. . . . The house is singing lullabies." The text lacks a true story line, but it conveys a vivid sense of cocooning safety, unpunctured even in the wake of a "crashing" thunderstorm, and Brooker's distinctive collage-and-paint illustrations effectively juxtapose the bright farmhouse interiors with the increasingly dramatic outdoor scenes. Some of the verse imagery, such as one line involving a pet cat "shadowboxing with your nose," may not speak to children, but kids who harbor bedtime anxieties will gain courage from the notion of a night filled with friendly, serenading presences. Jennifer MattsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved