Hannah's Night

Hannah's Night

by Komako Sakai
     
 

When everyone is asleep, Hannah wakes up and discovers the quiet, exciting night-time world. She discovers a whole new world of adventure. With nobody awake to tell her off, she can do just as she pleases. The book combines simple language with beautifully textured images, capturing the innocence and wonder of young children at play.

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When everyone is asleep, Hannah wakes up and discovers the quiet, exciting night-time world. She discovers a whole new world of adventure. With nobody awake to tell her off, she can do just as she pleases. The book combines simple language with beautifully textured images, capturing the innocence and wonder of young children at play.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Roger Sutton
As with her previous books…Komako Sakai finds picture-book drama by letting a young child's perceptions…play out unfiltered by adult perspective…Rather than throwing about some nocturnal nonsense to give Hannah something to do, the book allows the girl's own resourcefulness to provide the story, demonstrating a respect for toddlers and their world matched by the pictures, serious blues and purples warmed by comfortably scratchy lines and anchored by protectively rounded borders. Exciting but safe, Hannah's world is one that would-be dreamers will welcome as a first step into sleep.
Publishers Weekly
★ 01/20/2014
Sakai (Mad at Mommy) draws a series of portraits of Hannah, a girl of perhaps three or four who wakes while it’s still dark and finds that everyone else in the house is still asleep. What looks at first like a spooky setup (“When Hannah shook her,” Sakai writes, as Hannah kneels on her sister’s bed, “she didn’t budge. Not one little bit”) blossoms into an experiment in time spent independently as Hannah does as she likes. “So even when Hannah gave Shiro some milk and ate some cherries without asking, nobody told her off.” The artist’s smoothly drafted drawings capture with aching sweetness all the movements of a very young child—the way Hannah’s trip down the stairs is an expedition carried out step by step; the way she sits thoughtfully on her haunches to eat the cherries stolen from the refrigerator as Shiro laps milk; the way she reaches stealthily over her sleeping sister to take the older girl’s doll. By keeping her focus tight and observing Hannah closely, Sakai’s characterization feels natural, light, and true to life. Ages 4–up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
A sleepy toddler rubs sand from her eyes on the cover of this lovely, dusky picture book that skillfully captures a middle-of-the-night adventure. Framed illustrations show little Hannah, awake while the rest of her family slumbers, trying to find a playmate among her family. When no one responds to her wake-up call, Hannah and her cat roam the house, take an unsanctioned snack from the refrigerator, and bring her sister’s forbidden toys to her own bed for a solo playtime. Sakai captures entirely the realism of a wide-awake child in a slumbering house, exploring, observing, and entertaining herself. A favorite illustration is a double page spread with little Hannah looking out at the nighttime world with a round yellow moon hanging lonely in the sky. That moon and a handful of bright red cherries are the only bright spots of color among the dark blues, blacks, and greys of the book’s palate. The faces of Hannah and her family are smudged with night and sleep. The cat stretches himself awake. Hannah takes herself to the potty accompanied by the cat in his litter box. There is nothing fanciful about the accompanying text. It is as simple, realistic, and straight forward as the book. Yet, the entirety of the book is beautiful and affecting in its minimalism of prose and emotion. The sound of mourning dove marks the end of Hannah’s nighttime adventure; when her family awakes, she is sound asleep next to her sister. This is a near perfect depiction of a small collection of middle-of-the-night moments in a darling child’s life. A perfect, quiet bedtime book and a highly recommended purchase. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross; Ages 3 to 5.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-03-03
A child wakes in the middle of the night and embarks on a quiet adventure. When little Hannah realizes it's still dark, she decides to tiptoe downstairs with her trustworthy cat, Shiro. Upon realizing all are asleep, the charming child takes small liberties: feeding the cat milk, eating cherries from the fridge and carefully playing with her sister's toys. Sakai's evocative illustrations envelop readers in the stillness and silence of a hushed home. Done in paint and colored pencil, they perfectly capture a child's innocent point of view. Hannah is incredibly appealing as she squats next to Shiro, gazes up at the moon and giggles that her sister—just in the next bed—does not notice that Hannah is borrowing her toys. Each pose is perfection; parents will achingly recognize a magical time in their own children's development, and young readers will recognize themselves in the careful explorer. The simple and elegant artwork provides a rich environment for the text, whose translation is offered with a New Zealand accent. As dawn breaks, Hannah spots the "prettiest dove she'd ever seen" outside her window. Trusting in the hope and wonder of a light-filled, new day, Hannah finally falls asleep, curled up next to Shiro on the edge of her sister's bed. Absolutely enchanting. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781877579547
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
329,051
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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