Light Up the Night


When it's time to sleep, it's nice to know there's a place that's safe. In a cozy house, in a comfy bed, under a blanket that's white and red under stars so bright they light up the night in your own little piece of the universe.

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When it's time to sleep, it's nice to know there's a place that's safe. In a cozy house, in a comfy bed, under a blanket that's white and red under stars so bright they light up the night in your own little piece of the universe.

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Publishers Weekly
A boy celebrates his place in the world in Reidy’s (Too Pickley!) soothing bedtime story. Removing the red-and-white quilt from his bed, the narrator fashions it into an open-cockpit jet and blasts into outer space: “These are my galaxy stars so bright—/ they light up the heavens late at night/ in my own little piece of the universe.” The cumulative verse follows the boy’s journey as he eventually zeroes in on Earth, where, after he pays tribute to his continent, country, town, and street, he returns to his house, bedroom, and cozy bed. Caldecott Honor artist Chodos-Irvine’s (Ella Sarah Gets Dressed) brightly colored matte prints portray the universe as a welcoming place, abuzz with activity, with swirling, starlit skies and friendly constellations, astronauts, and aliens. Acting as a confident tour guide, the boy remains literally in the driver’s seat, as his quilt-patterned vehicle transforms into a spaceship, prop plane, train, truck, and skateboard before reverting to its original form. The collaborators are entirely in sync as they remind readers that the universe and its wonders are theirs to revel in. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This cumulative tale is narrated by a boy who is supposed to be in bed. But after his mom leaves his bedroom, his red-and-white blanket transforms into a rocket and zooms up into space. "These are my galaxy stars so bright—/they light up the heavens late at night/in my own little piece of the universe." After traveling around the stars and planets, he begins his descent to Earth. He flies his blanket/plane over the hemisphere in which he lives, describing the ice caps and mountains that dot the land. He says, "This is my continent, far and wide./It kisses an ocean on either side." The blanket changes into a train when he lands in his country, and then a truck when he travels into his town. This story ends with the boy back in his bedroom surrounded by toys and furnishings that resemble parts of his universe. After a second goodnight kiss from his mom, the boy falls asleep. Chodos-Irvine's colorful illustrations show a welcoming, friendly universe filled with interesting things to see and places to visit.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423120247
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 718,261
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Reidy ( is a freelance writer whose articles and essays have appeared in more than fifty publications, including FamilyFun and The Christian Science Monitor. Her first two picture books, Too Pickley! and Too Purpley!, were both published by Bloomsbury USA and illustrated by Genevieve Leloup. She lives in Denver with her husband and four children.

Margaret Chodos-Irvine ( is the illustrator of several books for children, including Buzz, an ABA Pick of the Lists and a Los Angeles Times Book Review Best Book of the Year, and her own Caldecott Honor Book Ella Sara Gets Dressed. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and two daughters.

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