The Midnight Fair by Gideon Sterer, illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorgio

Published by Candlewick

The Midnight Fair: Sterer, Gideon, Di Giorgio, Mariachiara: 9781536211153:  Amazon.com: Books
The Midnight Fair: Sterer, Gideon, Di Giorgio, Mariachiara: 9781536211153:  Amazon.com: Books

Summary:  When the fair closes down in this wordless picture book, animals come out of the forest to take over.  They start up the rides and games, enjoying the teacups, the carousel, and the cotton candy.  As the sun starts to come up, a man gets ready for the day and heads to the fair as the animals head back into the forest to enjoy their treats and get ready for sleeping.  On the final few pages, a wolf rips open the plastic bag with a goldfish inside that he won, and lets the fish free in a pond.  32 pages; ages 4-8.

Pros:  The illustrator of one of my favorite wordless books, Professional Crocodile, has created a visual feast of many different details of a fair and all sorts of animals enjoying it together.  Kids will enjoy poring over all the details and the fact that the animals are outwitting the humans.

Cons:  I can’t really explain why, but I found this book slightly creepy.  Maybe learning to drive bumper cars and eat cotton candy doesn’t really seem like a positive move for the animal kingdom.

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