Baby Badger's Wonderful Night

Baby Badger's Wonderful Night

by Karen Saunders, Dubravka Kolanovic
     
 

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“I don’t like the night,” Baby Badger whispered. Papa Badger took him by the hand. “There’s no need to be frightened,” he said. “The night is wonderful. Let me show you.”
 
Baby Badger is afraid of the night. It’s dark and lonely. But Papa Badger promises there is nothing to fear.
 

Overview

“I don’t like the night,” Baby Badger whispered. Papa Badger took him by the hand. “There’s no need to be frightened,” he said. “The night is wonderful. Let me show you.”
 
Baby Badger is afraid of the night. It’s dark and lonely. But Papa Badger promises there is nothing to fear.
 
Together they take a nighttime walk, and Papa shows Baby the beautiful colors and shining stars, and just how magical the world becomes when the sun goes down.
 
With beautiful illustrations that capture a special moment between father and child, Baby Badger’s Wonderful Night is the perfect cozy bedtime story to share before you say, “Good night.”

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The night doesn't seem so wonderful to Baby Badger when this bedtime story opens. "It's too black and scary," he says, clinging to his father, too afraid to go to sleep. But as Papa Badger takes his son through the woods and into the meadow, he points out all the lovely nuances and reassurances offered by the nocturnal world (the stars "light up the night sky... and keep us from feeling alone"). Baby Badger comes to realize that Papa is on to something: "The night is magical... it's full of stars and colors and wishes." First-time author Saunders's text is literal to a fault, but there's not much of it, and its murmuring tones will probably make an effective soporific. Croatian illustrator Kolanovic, meanwhile, does marvelous things with soft, intricate textures: her air and sky sparkle and shimmer with colors, almost making the hush of night palpable. And she gives readers two adorable protagonists: the highly stylized badgers have endearingly outsize snouts and tiny dots for eyes; their fur, created with long strokes of warm gray, brown, and white, looks downy and cuddle-worthy. Ages 2–up. (May)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Baby Badger is afraid of the dark, or at least he thinks he is. His father takes him on an evening walk through the forest and teaches him to see color in the darkness and to look for twinkling lights in the night sky. When they rest and stretch out on their backs, his dad talks about how the North Star can help to guide them home. The youngster experiences a wonderful night that ends with a falling star and thoughts of wishes coming true. Children who are afraid of the dark will find this book comforting. The conversations between Baby Badger and his dad are calming and conveyed in a patient, caring way. And by using light colors and rounded shapes, Kolanovic has created a world that looks welcoming and safe. Nocturnal animals even appear to greet readers as they peek out of the dark woods. An ideal choice for bedtime.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Saunders makes her debut with a tender story about how Papa Badger helps Baby Badger get over his fear of the dark. As the sun goes down, the young one becomes afraid. Papa tells him, "The night is wonderful. Let me show you." When Baby worries about getting lost in the dark, Papa points out that the bright North Star "will always guide you back home." And so the conversation continues, with Papa pointing out the magical qualities of the night while Baby begins to feel more safe and full of wonder. Kolanovic's palette of pastels in a soft spectrum of blues and greens, accented with luminous yellow for the moon and stars, has a soft, cozy feel that further creates a sense of calm security. When the palette gradually changes to pinks and yellows, the sun has come up, signaling bedtime for the nocturnal badgers. (Logically minded children will wonder how it is that an animal that typically stays up all night comes to be afraid of the dark.) This story, perhaps too quiet for some, succeeds in showcasing a charming father/child relationship and is a good choice for a cuddly storytime with a preschooler struggling with nighttime fears. (Picture book. 2-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606841723
Publisher:
EgmontUSA
Publication date:
05/10/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Karen Saunders lives in Bath, England, with her husband. This is her first book for children. You can visit Karen online at www.karensaunders.co.uk.
 
Dubravka Kolanovic has illustrated more than thirty picture books. She lives in Zagreb, Croatia, with her husband and son.

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