The Night World by Mordicai Gerstein

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary: A boy is awoken by his cat. Everything is dark, but the cat urges him to go outside. Outside, there is darkness and shadows. Nocturnal animals gather around them. Suddenly it seems as though everything is waiting, anticipating something big that is about to happen. Slowly, the shadows and darkness disappear, colors start appearing all around them, as the sun rises higher and higher, and a new day begins. Ages 3-8.

Pros: The illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein are spectacular. Most of the book is in grays and blacks and perfectly captures the moments just before sunrise. The last few pages show a gradual infusion of color that show the creation of a new day.

Cons: The text is somewhat secondary to the illustrations.

2 thoughts on “The Night World by Mordicai Gerstein

  1. Janet, I couldn’t find a copyright date on this. If you don’t all ready, would you mind putting copyright, or am I to assume I am reading only new books. I really enjoy getting your reviews. Maybe I am not looking in the right place for copyright?


  2. Ada, all the books reviewed here were published this year, 2015. So far I have discovered two mistakes, books I’ve reviewed that were published in 2014, but theoretically, they should all be this year.


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