Night at the Fair

Night at the Fair

by Donald Crews
     
 

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It's time! The gates are open, the rides are spinning-come to the fair! Nighttime at the fair is magic with Caldecott Honor-winning author-artist Donald Crews. The sky goes dark and the colored lights begin to flash and sparkle. There are games to play and treats to eat. From the top of the Ferris wheel you can see where you've been-and where you have yet to go. So

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It's time! The gates are open, the rides are spinning-come to the fair! Nighttime at the fair is magic with Caldecott Honor-winning author-artist Donald Crews. The sky goes dark and the colored lights begin to flash and sparkle. There are games to play and treats to eat. From the top of the Ferris wheel you can see where you've been-and where you have yet to go. So much to do and see. Hurry!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Step right up! Crews "(Freight Train") gives young readers an open-ended ticket to the glittery goings-on after dark at the county fair in his energetic new picture book. In Crews's fair, clusters of food stands and game booths festoon the midway, and Crews perfectly captures the glow of kaleidoscopic candy-colored lights against a black night sky. Bold signs announce Funnel Cakes, Corn Dogs and Win Big Prizes to passersby. In several expansive spreads, kidstheir faces flushed with excitementride the carousel, giant Ferris wheel and the whirler, which twirl and twinkle like gigantic fireflies in the dark. Crews's text is minimal but captures the thrill of a child ("And now,/ on to the/ RIDES!"). The busy scenes filled with a rainbow of people eating, laughing and carrying stuffed animal prizes will have readers longing for the warm nights of summer and the next county fair.
Children's Literature
This recreation of the excitement of a fair uses just a few words of text to take us through the sparkling lights, the food, the games, and above all the rides. WOW! His outlines of people and objects are barely visible, done with black outline and gouache paint. The overflowing double-page scenes dazzle with the colors and action of a nighttime fair.
Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
We are never disappointed with a new book from Donald Crews. This delightful tale of a trip to the fair is wonderfully illustrated with bright as night pictures. The author has included all the fun things we find to do at the fair from the games, to the rides, to the great Ferris Wheel. Every child will be able to relate to the illustrations of these activities. This will be a great story to feature during the fall when many parts of the country are hosting county fairs. It is also a story grandparents could share with young readers as they talk about their memories of state and county fairs. Because of the simplicity of the text, this story would be a good choice for older sibling to read to younger siblings.
School Library Journal
Opening with the graphic signage of a finger pointing "THIS WAY IN," Crews invites readers to join the crowd streaming through the gates. His prose is spare and energetic, perfect for initiating newcomers to the dynamic pleasures of the fairthe food, the games, the rides. Double-page paintings done in watercolor and gouache offer snapshots of the event bursting with brilliant carnival colors. Lights dance against the pitch black summer night. Observant readers will be tickled to see the author's rendition of himself strolling the midway. The best ride of all, the giant Ferris wheel, stands glowing in the night. The next page is a breathtaking view of the entire fair. "WOW!" is the only text needed. At last, another finger points "THIS WAY OUT," and the crowd files into the shadows. This subject has many sensory connections, and Crews so ably captures them that one can almost smell the food and hear the hucksters beckoning. Clean, large type, much of it white on black, will be accessible to even beginning readers. Urban and rural children alike will revel in the excitement of a "Night at the Fair." Lisa S. Murphy, formerly at Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Crews ("Shortcut", 1992, etc.) uses, to great effect, the contrast of the night sky and the gaudy lights of typical fair amusements in his picture book of very few words but very kinetic images. Readers come through the main gate to a variety of games, rides, and food stands. "So many choices," acknowledges the text: Among the rides shown in magnificent double-page spreads are a carousel, the whirl-o-rama, and of course, the ferris wheel. From the top of that, the whole fair is spread out like gems on velvet. All the cheesy games and foods that ever mesmerized fair-goers are lovingly delineated, and the amusement rides themselves are gouache and watercolor masterpieces. Alert children will note that the artist, seen in a photograph on the book jacket, has painted himself into one of the scenes. This evocative book could be paired to nice effect with Elisha Cooper's sunny "Country Fair" (1997).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688114831
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
737,738
Product dimensions:
11.87(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Donald Crews es el renombrado autor de dos libros merecedores del premio Caldecott, Tren de carga (Freight Train) y School Bus. Vive con su esposa, Ann Jonas, cerca del Río Hudson, en Nueva York.

Donald Crews is the renowned creator of many celebrated children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Books Freight Train and Truck. He and his wife, Ann Jonas, live in New York's Hudson River Valley.

Donald Crews es el renombrado autor de dos libros merecedores del premio Caldecott, Tren de carga (Freight Train) y School Bus. Vive con su esposa, Ann Jonas, cerca del Río Hudson, en Nueva York.

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