- Age Range: 8 - 11 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 6
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; First Edition edition (September 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616892889
- ISBN-13: 978-1616892883
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nocturne: Creatures of the Night Hardcover – September 2, 2014
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Gr 2–6—Scott once again taps into her creativity and photographic genius, compiling remarkably intimate images. The book features 42 nocturnal creatures, many depicted through multiple shots, laid out on a black background, allowing the details and features of the subject to pop. Each image is accompanied by unique information written for a higher level reader than most photobooks. Some of the highlights are a capybara so lifelike that it begs to be touched, a raccoon staring into the camera soulfully, a little brown bat that seems to be coming right off the page, a charming fennec fox whose sweet expression will evoke squeals, and a hedgehog rolled up into a ball. The collection contains many mammals, but there are also plenty of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects, too. This selection will attract nonreaders with its gorgeous images but will also be of interest to older children, though students doing anything but the most basic research reports would need to supplement this book with additional materials. An excellent addition.—Jane Hebert, Glenside Public Library District, Glendale Heights, IL
"From bats to boas, owls to otters, rats to tarantulas, Nocturne celebrates some of the nighttime world's most mysterious and misunderstood denizens. Close-ups of creatures that we might never see otherwise - the spotted salamander, the giant luna moth and the vampire bat, to name a few - pop out against stark, black backdrops. Even common suburban backyard wanderers, like the raccoon, possum and domestic cat, cut striking figures against the velvety darkness." - New York Times Lens blog
"This delightful book showcases 40 nighttime dwellers in vivid photographs." - San Francisco Chronicle
"Stunning." - FastCompany.com
"Stunning photos, each with beautifully written descriptions." - Providence Journal
"Scott once again taps into her creativity and photographic genius, compiling remarkably intimate images. Some of the highlights are a capybara so lifelike that it begs to be touched, a raccoon staring into the camera soulfully, a little brown bat that seems to be coming right off the page, a charming fennec fox whose sweet expression will evoke squeals, and a hedgehog rolled up into a ball. An excellent addition." - School Library Journal, Starred Review
"In this exquisite collection of portraits of 42 nocturnal animals, photographer Scott sets her subjects against dark backgrounds that give the images quiet dignity and power, while making the animals' fur, feathers, quills, and skin all the more luminous. A serval cat stares intently at readers, a bat bares its teeth, and a cecropia moth's fuzzy, vibrant wings fill a full spread. Intriguing information about the animals accompanies the photos." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
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The book also has an introductory text of about 9 pages or so. Unfortunately, these are not very enlightening. Nothing is provided regarding photographic technique (even at a high level), photographer-animal interaction or even what inspired to the photographer to take these pictures. Nevertheless, this weakness is more than made up by the decent photographs.