The night walk

Marie Dorléans

Book - 2020

"Mama opened our bedroom door. 'Wake up, you two,' she whispered. 'Let's go, so we get there on time.' Excited, the sleepy family step outside into a beautiful summer night. The world is quiet and shadowy, filled with fresh smells and amazing sights. Is this what they miss when they're asleep? Together, they walk out of their sleeping village. What will they find in the dark landscape? This beautiful and evocative book movingly recalls family trips and the exc...itement of unknown adventure, while celebrating the awe-inspiring joy of the natural world."--Amazon.

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Subjects
Genres
Children's stories Pictorial works
Picture books
Published
Edinburgh : Floris Books 2020.
Language
English
French
Item Description
First published in French as Nous avons rendez-vous by Édítions du Seuil in 2018.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN
9781782506393
178250639X
Main Author
Marie Dorléans (author)
Other Authors
Polly Lawson (translator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Awakened in the night, a girl and her younger brother join their parents for a walk. This is no stroll around the backyard, but a hike with a purpose, which is revealed only at the story's end. The family walks through their village and into the countryside. They watch a train cross a viaduct in the distance, leaving silence in its wake. After passing through a forest, they pause to rest and look at the full moon, reflected in a lake. They climb a rocky hillside to the top and sit on a boulder, looking eastward. The edge of the sky begins to glow, and then . . . sunrise! The limited use of color (deep, soft shades of blue and gray, with black-and-white elements) until the closing scenes makes the dawn even more dramatic. From the chirping of crickets to the scent of grass to the snap of dead branches as the family walks through the forest, the text uses sensory details effectively to help listeners imagine the experience. Beautifully composed and often striking, the illustrations were drawn in pencil, painted with watercolors, and completed digitally. This rewarding picture book, first published in France, invites children to experience a memorable encounter with the natural world. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Awakened in the night, a girl and her younger brother join their parents for a walk. This is no stroll around the backyard, but a hike with a purpose, which is revealed only at the story's end. The family walks through their village and into the countryside. They watch a train cross a viaduct in the distance, leaving silence in its wake. After passing through a forest, they pause to rest and look at the full moon, reflected in a lake. They climb a rocky hillside to the top and sit on a boulder, looking eastward. The edge of the sky begins to glow, and then . . . sunrise! The limited use of color (deep, soft shades of blue and gray, with black-and-white elements) until the closing scenes makes the dawn even more dramatic. From the chirping of crickets to the scent of grass to the snap of dead branches as the family walks through the forest, the text uses sensory details effectively to help listeners imagine the experience. Beautifully composed and often striking, the illustrations were drawn in pencil, painted with watercolors, and completed digitally. This rewarding picture book, first published in France, invites children to experience a memorable encounter with the natural world. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A pale-skinned family of four—two parents and two children—takes a blissful summer night walk into the countryside that gives way to a breathless conclusion in this picture book by Dorléans. Narrated by one of the children, the prose shines with sensory acuity as the family leaves a village behind them with a particular location in mind. "We left the road, and the path/ climbed gently out of the valley./ A train sliced through the darkness," one verso page reads as the family overlooks a landscape of fastidiously needled trees against a star-studded sky. Navy washes overlay graphite pencil and digital illustrations, with fine-lined detail so startlingly observed that readers will feel immersed in each expansive spread. Suspense builds as sparse beams of light illuminate the darkness page by page and each spread carries the family forward through the night. A graceful, perfectly paced appreciation of nature. Ages 3–7. (Apr.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An award-winning picture book about a family's midnight adventure -- a contemporary Owl Moon.A 2021 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Book which has received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Horn Book and Booklist. Mama opened our bedroom door. "Wake up, you two," she whispered. "Let's go, so we get there on time."Excited, the sleepy family step outside into a beautiful summer night. The world is quiet and shadowy, filled with fresh smells and amazing sights. Is this what they miss when they're asleep?Together, they walk out of their sleeping village. What will they find in the dark landscape?This beautiful and evocative book movingly recalls family trips and the excitement of unknown adventure, while celebrating the awe-inspiring joy of the natural world.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An award-winning picture book about a family's midnight adventure -- a contemporary Owl Moon.