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This story is based on a poem by Kelley "Duckee" Magee. It's the story of a little boy who is being watched while he sleeps. He can see figures moving but he's not sure what they are. He thinks they must be monsters and he vows to catch them one night. He sets up a trap and waits and sure enough he catches something. What he caught isn't what he was expecting at all. They aren't monsters but fairies and they are there to help him, to watch over him while he sleeps.

This is a cute little story for believers in fairies.

The illustrations are sweet, with lots of purples and dark blues and bright eyes for the fairies. The shadows of unknown creatures on the wall are shown very well and it reminded me of when I was a child and saw scary shapes in the shadows. --The Well Read Child Review

W. Lyon Martin's new illustrated children's book Watchers is a charming bedtime story for anyone who believes in a little magic and wants to share some fairy dust with their children.

The story, based upon her friend Kelley's childhood nighttime prayer, is a wonderful affirmation of protection and love by residents of the magical world. It addresses the issue of children's bedtime anxiety in a positive and comforting way, with a reassuring message at the end.

Lyon's trademark watercolor illustrations have been bathed in moonlight for this book. These charming paintings are full of soothing and deep colors, and are the perfect compliment to this delightful bedtime story sure to become a favorite part of any child's bedtime ritual of being tucked in with a lovely book. --Mickie Mueller - Illustrator The Well Worn Path and The Hidden Path decks

With its bright energetic illustrations and charming story, Watchers takes us back to the days when all things were still possible and nighttime was a magical time. --Amy Brown Fantasy and Faery Artist

About the Author

A transplanted New Yorker now living in Missouri, W. Lyon Martin has been working as an illustrator for 25+ years.

Lyon's love affair with art and illustration began at an early age. One of her earliest memories is of sitting with a pile of crayons and papers strewn around her proclaiming to her parents that someday everyone in the world would be looking at her art. In spite of her parents' attempts to steer her toward a more practical choice, she never wanted to do anything else.

So, Lyon followed her heart and earned a degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, then continued her art education at the School of Visual Arts, earning a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. These disciplines can still be seen in her work in her strong lines, textures and detailed patterns.

Her career began in advertising and graphic design in New York, where she was often called upon to create spot art for a variety of clients, which included Fortune 500 companies such as Kraft, General Electric and Sears. After her move to Missouri in 2000, she turned her focus to her true love, children's books. An Ordinary Girl, A Magical Child, a children's book she both wrote and illustrated was released in 2005. When the original publisher folded, An Ordinary Girl, A Magical Child was picked up by a new house, edited and re-released in 2008, then went on to become a finalist in the 2009 international COVR awards. Four additional picture books and a coloring book quickly followed.

Lyon can still be found sitting around her studio with papers strewn around her creating stories and illustrations for children. She has since traded in her crayons for watercolor, pen and ink, and a computer.
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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Magical Child Books (June 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979683459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979683459
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A transplanted New Yorker now living in Missouri, W. Lyon Martin has been working as an illustrator for 25+ years.

Lyon's love affair with art and illustration began at an early age. One of her earliest memories is of sitting with a pile of crayons and papers strewn around her proclaiming to her parents that someday everyone in the world would be looking at her art. In spite of her parents' attempts to steer her toward a more practical choice, she never wanted to do anything else.

So, Lyon followed her heart and earned a degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, then continued her art education at the School of Visual Arts, earning a B.F.A. in Graphic Design. These disciplines can still be seen in her work in her strong lines and detailed patterns.

Her career began in advertising and graphic design in New York, where she was often called upon to create spot art for a variety of clients, which included Fortune 500 companies such as Kraft, General Electric and Sears. After her move to Missouri in 2000, she turned her focus to her true love, children's books. An Ordinary Girl, A Magical Child, a children's book she both wrote and illustrated was released in 2005. When the original publisher folded, An Ordinary Girl, A Magical Child was picked up by a new house, edited and re-released in 2008, then went on to become a finalist in the 2009 international COVR awards. Four additional picture books and a coloring book quickly followed.

Lyon can still be found sitting around her studio with papers strewn around her creating stories and illustrations for children. She has since traded in her crayons for watercolor, pen and ink, and a computer.

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Those eyes are the eyes that guard us at night!
Grampa Wolf
Perfect for the child who's afraid of the dark, this book will give reassurance that gentle creatures will always watch over them and keep the scary things away.
TeensReadToo
Ms Martin has done a wonderful job in adapting this poem.
Susan M Magee

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan M Magee on July 7, 2008
Format: Library Binding
I loved this book as a Reading Specialist and a parent! It helps to take the scarey sights and sound out of the night for our little ones! Now they have something fun and positive things to think about when they hear noises in the night. Ms Martin has done a wonderful job in adapting this poem. I highly recommend this book to anyone with small children!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grampa Wolf on July 2, 2008
Format: Library Binding
All little kids know there are eyes in the night, but what are they? In Ms. Martin's beautifully illustrated book, we are sure those eyes are out to get us! But surprise! Those eyes are the eyes that guard us at night! Highly recommended for all little kids and all who have to put the little ones to bed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tammy L. Connolly on June 10, 2008
Format: Library Binding
My young Autistic daughter loved this book. She had gotten it for finally moving to a "Big Girl" bed. She laughed and found reassurance in this cute story. There aren't things to worry about in the dark, and what is there can be a comfort. Just what a kid needs to know.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on August 6, 2008
Format: Library Binding
While getting ready for bed, a young child hatches a plan to finally catch the monsters hiding in his room at night. He rigs a trap and keeps his eyes open, while five pairs of eyes creep closer and closer. The bag above his bed falls, and he's caught them!

But instead of icky monsters, he finds a set of fairies, each one with their own talent. With five new friends to watch over him, now he can fall asleep knowing that he's safe.

This sweet bedtime tale with beautiful imagery is based on a poem given to the illustrator's friend, Kelley, by her grandmother when she was a little girl. Now, Kelley sings the poem as a lullaby to her own children.

Perfect for the child who's afraid of the dark, this book will give reassurance that gentle creatures will always watch over them and keep the scary things away.

Reviewed by: Allison Fraclose
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Edens on May 7, 2013
Format: Library Binding
Author & illustrator W. Lyon Martin was inspired to write this charming bedtime poem from a friend's personal story (read the acknowledgment for the touching story). A young child is determined to catch the creatures visiting his room at night. The creatures captured are 5 little fairies, each with a special task to protect the child through the night. This story will give children comfort at night and a reason to believe in fairies!
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