- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 4
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; First edition (April 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0152018840
- ISBN-13: 978-0152018849
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Smoky Night Paperback – April 1, 1999
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“Diaz has not been afraid to take risks in illustrating the story with thickly textured paintings against a background of torn-paper and found-object collage. Without becoming cluttered or gimmicky, these pictures manage to capture a calamitous atmosphere that finally calms. . . . Both author and artist have managed to portray a politically charged event without pretense or preaching.” —The Bulletin
"Monumental.” —The New York Times Book Review
"Visually exciting.” —Publishers Weekly
"A memorable, thought-provoking book.” —The Horn Book
"Outstandingly handsome . . . an excellent vehicle for discussion.” —Kirkus Reviews
"[A] powerful story.” —School Library Journal
"A remarkable book.” —The Hungry Mind Review
"Bunting takes a serious subject . . . and makes it understandable for children.” —Instructor
About the Author
Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.
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But I've always been very bothered by the "definition" of rioting: "It can happen when people get angry. They want to smash and destroy. They don't care anymore what's right and what's wrong." This is a misleading and inadequate definition. For one thing, millions of people get angry without rioting. Rioting is an expression of anger, yes, but most anger doesn't lead to rioting. And those who do riot do, in a broad sense, care about what's right and what's wrong socially. They may not care about what's legal or not, but they are very concerned with what they perceive as social or political injustices. I've always felt that this is a one-sided book, expressing sympathy for those people who are caught in the neighborhoods where riots take place, but expressing no sympathy at all for what makes some of their neighbors riot.