Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night

by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen

Joyce Sidman’s poetry explores various beings of the night with fresh, descriptive... read more

Joyce Sidman’s poetry explores various beings of the night with fresh, descriptive imagery and perspectives. A moth writes about its love for the primrose that nourishes and camouflages it. A baby porcupine—or porcupette—confidently confirms its ability to protect itself by raising its quills and doing a pirouette. As dawn begins, the moon asks where everyone from the night has gone, realizing that it will be another day before the sights and sounds of darkness return. Each of Sidman’s captivating poems is accompanied by a paragraph providing factual information about the subject. Rick Allen’s detailed, colored linoleum print illustrations lend additional beauty to this gratifying nocturnal experience. (Ages 9–13)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2011

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