Night Shift

Night Shift

by Jessie Hartland
     
 

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Late at night, when the owls are out, some people are awake-and doing all sorts of interesting things!

They are on the night shift.

Open this book, and you will discover the nighttime world of people who go to work when you are sleeping:

Street sweeper
Window dresser
Radio DJ
Security guard
Newspaper printer
Bridge

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Overview

Late at night, when the owls are out, some people are awake-and doing all sorts of interesting things!

They are on the night shift.

Open this book, and you will discover the nighttime world of people who go to work when you are sleeping:

Street sweeper
Window dresser
Radio DJ
Security guard
Newspaper printer
Bridge painter
Zookeeper
Freighter captain
Truck driver
Road worker
Donut baker
Fisherman
Tug boat captain
Waitress

Come meet them all!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

As readers are toddling off to bed, or as "you are finishing up the last bit of chocolate pudding and then brushing your teeth and wishing you didn't have to go to bed just yet," others are just getting started. Hartland (Clementine in the City), playing an irrepressible naïf-cosmopolitan, checks in with 14 different kinds of nighthawks, from the museum security guard to the window dressers at a chic department store. What's more, the after-dark citizenry is one big happy family: the donut maker sells a big box of donuts to the fisherman, who runs aground but gets rescued by the tugboat captain, and everybody is a customer of the benevolent waitress who presides at the all-night café (the zookeeper even brings along an ocelot on a leash). Working in a style that recalls Maira Kalman's, Hartland packs her engagingly giddy pages with wry tributes to the eclectic rhythms and people in the urban after-hours scene. She also clearly believes that cats and dogs have as much claim on this landscape as their human counterparts, and readers will get a bang out of spotting all the ways they make a home in the big city. Ages 4-7. (Oct.)

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Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This fun picture book highlights the joys and challenges of working the night shift. Here, Hartland uses free verse poems to tell the stories of the road worker, the freighter captain, the bridge painter, the security guard, and a cast of others. The illustrations and the last line of each poem work to connect one night shift worker to the next. For example, "Window Dressers!/The fancy store is closed, and the doors are locked/Here come the window dressers!/ With their team of trusty mannequins and their feathers, felt and fluff,/they will revamp the windows and make shoppers grin and giggle./Who keeps the window dressers whistling in the wee hours?/The Late-Night Radio DJ!" The illustrations throughout the book are colorful and detailed, with internal words that comment on the job or some aspect of the poem with good humor. Again, this is a fun book that is appropriate for early readers who want to show their reading skills or for parents who want a book that really uses imagery and words effectively. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
Hartland offers an eye-opener for young urbanites who think that the world goes to sleep when they do. Capping each spread with a page-turning question ("What is that swishing noise outside?"), she introduces a diverse cast of night workers, from a street sweeper and road workers to store window dressers, bridge painters and an all-night DJ. Her postmodern city scenes, done in a style reminiscent of Maira Kalman's, add both visual links and other night owls, including a turbaned taxi driver, a car full of raccoons checking out a garbage can, a dogwalker and a goodly number of cats. At shift's end, all (except for the raccoons) gather convivially around the counter of (what else?) the 24-hour cafe for breakfast. The admixture of less familiar occupations sets this cheery nocturnal excursion apart from others of the ilk, such as Monica Wellington's Night City (1998) and Patricia Grossman's Night Ones (1991). (Picture book. 5-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599900254
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/02/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.57(w) x 10.43(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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