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Count the nighttime lights on a train, a helicopter, a fire truck, and seven more vehicles in this bold picture book with die-cut surprises.

1 light, shining bright? A train!
7 lights, flashing red and white? A fire truck!

And so on all the way to ten lights. Part guessing game, part counting book, NIGHT LIGHT is a boldly imagined book for the preschool child who loves cars, trucks, and anything that goes. ...

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Overview


Count the nighttime lights on a train, a helicopter, a fire truck, and seven more vehicles in this bold picture book with die-cut surprises.

1 light, shining bright? A train!
7 lights, flashing red and white? A fire truck!

And so on all the way to ten lights. Part guessing game, part counting book, NIGHT LIGHT is a boldly imagined book for the preschool child who loves cars, trucks, and anything that goes. With die-cuts on every other page, this rhyming story features vehicles and counting, combining a high interest preschool subject with important preschool concepts.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Tom Lichtenheld
…Blechman…has turned counting into a guessing game—learning camouflaged as play.
Publishers Weekly
Blechman’s graphic design background may account for his debut’s disciplined focus and polished execution. It’s a counting book about big vehicles—a winning combination right there—with an extra, innovative twist. He invites readers to identify the vehicles with a turn-the-page guessing game. First, spreads of pure black show only the vehicles’ distinctive signature of lights. “1 light, shining bright?” reads the first black spread, a small, die-cut circle on the right side creating a single white dot. A page turn uncovers the answer: “train.” The bold, crisp-edged, streamlined engine speeds toward viewers, its white headlamp front and center. “2 lights, hovering in flight?” the next jet-black spread asks, with two die-cut dots revealing tiny green and red lights. This time, it’s a helicopter, piloted by a roundheaded man resembling a Lego or Playmobil figurine. The typeface contributes to the light theme, too—made up of dots, it mimics the blinking displays of highway warning signs. The lights on the vehicles go up to 10, but young vehicle fans will want to reread (and “replay”) this book many more times than that. Ages 3–5. (May)
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"Blechman’s graphic design background may account for his debut’s disciplined focus and polished execution. It’s a counting book about big vehicles—a winning combination right there—with an extra, innovative twist. He invites readers to identify the vehicles with a turn-the-page guessing game. First, spreads of pure black show only the vehicles’ distinctive signature of lights. “1 light, shining bright?” reads the first black spread, a small, die-cut circle on the right side creating a single white dot. A page turn uncovers the answer: “train.” The bold, crisp-edged, streamlined engine speeds toward viewers, its white headlamp front and center. “2 lights, hovering in flight?” the next jet-black spread asks, with two die-cut dots revealing tiny green and red lights. This time, it’s a helicopter, piloted by a roundheaded man resembling a Lego or Playmobil figurine. The typeface contributes to the light theme, too—made up of dots, it mimics the blinking displays of highway warning signs. The lights on the vehicles go up to 10, but young vehicle fans will want to reread (and “replay”) this book many more times than that." - Publishers Weekly starred review

"Here’s a cleverly designed book that celebrates the fun of counting, the joy of rhyme, the excitement of imagination and—vehicles. On black pages with die cuts of various numbers and sizes emitting patches of light, a question is posed. Turn the page and surprise! Those die cuts are encircling the lights on a familiar vehicle presented as a simple geometric shape with a young boy as the driver of each of them. The reverse cuts add something new to the spread. For instance, the answer the first question, “Light Shining Bright?” is a train’s headlight. Cleverly that same circle is now set against the previous black page, and it’s the opening to a tunnel. The book starts with one cut out and, continues through 10, and ends at 1. The final double-page spread shows a night-light in a muted room filled with toy versions of the vehicles on the previous pages, the child now in bed, reading this book. Blechman has created an interactive offering with lots of possibilities and a perfect ending." Edie Ching, Booklist starred review

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
"1 Light / Shining Bright? / 2 Lights / Hovering in Flight?"—and on to Ten! Blechman's text sums up this energetic counting book, in which quick, skeltonic rhymes accompany a succession of large trucks (beloved of little boys, and sometimes girls) and other weighty vehicles like a helicopter, a tugboat, a loader, a street sweeper, and a snowplow. But wait, it is a guessing game, too—viewers can see, through die-cut circles, glowing lights behind black backgrounds, then guess which vehicle they might light up, with a lick of rhyme as a clue. Flip the page and the answer is revealed as a big, blocky shape in primary colors accented with black and white (and sometimes acid green). Each vehicle is ingeniously thought out and has a boy in different working outfits as the driver. Kids can learn the numbers, count the lights, and read the names, printed in Dot Matrix Two, which (on black) gives the illusion of lighted signage. After ten, it is back to one—a night light in a late-reader's bedroom, strewn with all ten vehicles as toys. There is a reading mouse, too, and a window full of stars and moon. Blechman (art director of the New York Times Book Review) has created a graphically appealing counting book, fun for adults as well as for beginning numerators. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Count the lights-1, 2, 3…. Round and square openings on alternating black spreads highlight the numbers from 1 to 10 and back again. Brief text challenges readers to infer what lies on the following full-color spread, and a page turn will delight fans of motor vehicles and heavy equipment. A snowplow pushes through heavy snow as snowmen fish through holes in an icy pond and open chimneys smoke in the distance, a bright yellow school bus passes elephants in a zoo, and a vibrant red fire truck pours water on a chef's flaming skillet. Visual perspective emphasizes size and distance with a train moving along tracks from a distant tunnel or a helicopter flying amid birds above the city below. The vehicles roll past in uncluttered graphic designs and bold colors. Counting, shapes, and patterns end in a child's bedroom that holds toy images of all the vehicles and a very special single beacon for a small child… his night-light. An attractive, eye-catching find for all libraries.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Kirkus Reviews
This urban-themed picture book makes ingenious use of simple die-cut circles of different sizes on each page to reveal the lights of various vehicles on the following page. A train, helicopter, taxicab, tugboat, street sweeper, fire truck and other vehicles guaranteed to pique the interest of every little boy (and some girls) are rendered in a bold, stylized design using flat, vibrant colors. The book's design has a fun, retro feel, although beginning readers may find the dot-matrix type challenging. The format encourages creative guesswork--which vehicle has two white, one red and one green light? Turn the page and see…a tugboat, of course! The title makes a clever connection between the various lights of the city at night, which are illustrated on every page, and the reassuring night light in the little boy's bedroom on the last page, where he sits in his truck-shaped bed, surrounded by toy versions of the vehicles in the book, reading…this book. This is a first foray into children's-book design by renowned New York Times designer and illustrator Blechman, sweetly dedicated to his young son. A stylish and original take on the time-honored die-cut counting book. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545462631
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 131,581
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Nicholas Blechman is an internationally recognized illustrator, designer, and art director. His award winning illustrations have appeared in GQ, TRAVEL + LEISURE, WIRED, and THE NEW YORKER. He has taught design at School of Visual Arts and illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is currently the art director of THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW. NIGHT LIGHT is his debut children’s book. Nicholas lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and their son.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Visual standout

    Simple, bold illustrations provide clues for what vehicles the lights belong to. Beautiful drawings - great counting book. Children can make their own predictions.

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