for The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson and Beth Krommes
This “song about the starry dark” begins with a young girl arriving home in the evening. The spare, cumulative story builds: “In the house burns a light. / In that light rests a bed.” On the bed is a book, and through the pages of the story the girl embarks on a journey of the imagination, soaring with a bird through the night sky before she returns to the warmth and comfort of home. Striking black-and-white scratchboard illustrations are punctuated by judicious washes of gold that radiate warmth. These form both a backdrop for and a complement to the lyrical text, which resonates with sounds and images to savor in a comforting yet surprising journey toward day’s end. (Ages 2–5)
CCBC Choices 2009. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2009. Used with permission.
A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this bedtime book for young children. Naming nighttime things that are both comforting and intriguing to preschoolers-a key, a bed, the moon-this timeless book illuminates a reassuring order to the universe.
Publisher description retrieved from Google Books.