A Night Time Story

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Winner of:
Book of the Year Honor (Gold Medal), 2013 Gelett Burgess Award

Whimsical illustrations bring a child’s dreams to life in this beautiful and imaginative bedtime story. Every evening when he goes to bed, the night sits at the child’s bedside and reads him a story. Some stories are sweet, others are magical, and still others are mysterious, but they all inspire his dreams as he drifts off into a ...

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Overview


Winner of:
Book of the Year Honor (Gold Medal), 2013 Gelett Burgess Award

Whimsical illustrations bring a child’s dreams to life in this beautiful and imaginative bedtime story. Every evening when he goes to bed, the night sits at the child’s bedside and reads him a story. Some stories are sweet, others are magical, and still others are mysterious, but they all inspire his dreams as he drifts off into a peaceful good night’s sleep.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Illustrations and text are seamlessly woven together to reinforce the fablelike notion on the power of words. A superior effort.”  —School Library Journal on The Word Collector
Kirkus Reviews
A winner of the Lazarillo Award, the prize in Spain for children's literature, Aliaga weaves a tale translated into English with mixed results. Wimmer's pictures are surreal and dreamlike: colors soft and deep; pigs with wings and pirates piloting tea cups and beds that turn into camels. Figures are stretched and elongated and change their shapes like Alice with the mushroom. The red-haired, golden-eyed child says, "Every night before I go to sleep, she sits down on my bed with heaps of stories in her hands." "She" is a figure with endless tendrils of black hair and bright blue eyes. When the girl is on a Ferris wheel in a sweet story, she rises up in a starlit cloak to hand the child some cotton candy. For a magical story, the child's bed is in a tree, and disembodied hands hold her, teaching her "to sing and fly." At the end, "the night sits on my bed, with heaps of dreams in her hands," cradling the tiny child, bed and all. The mother/storyteller/night image is lovely in pictures, but some of the language is ungraceful or obscure: "I'm always the main character," or "in search of a mirage...." While the dreamlike nature of the images is fairly accessible, children (and adults) may find themselves stopped cold by nonrhythmic sentence structure. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788415241980
  • Publisher: Cuento de Luz
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,465,316
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Roberto Aliaga is an award-winning author for his Spanish-language books, of which there are more than 30. He was included in the esteemed White Raven list for "Cactus del desierto" and he has been honored with the Lazarillo Award, the most prestigious prize in Spain for children's literature. Sonja Wimmer is an award-winning illustrator whose work has been featured in books, posters, and magazines. Her illustrations for "The Word Collector "earned her Best Illustrator at the 2011 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. She is also the illustrator of "Could It Happen to Anyone? "and "Story of a Cockroach."
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