Switch on the Night

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A LONELY LITTLE boy who is scared of the dark sits in his room alone, with only light for company, until a little girl named Dark appears and shows him that light switches don’t just switch off the light—they switch on the night. And to switch on the night is to switch on the stars, the moon, the crickets, and the frogs. With the Dillons’ dreamlike illustrations, Switch on the Night is sure to reassure any child who has felt afraid of the unkown; the story will also impress adult readers with its imaginative ...
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Overview

A LONELY LITTLE boy who is scared of the dark sits in his room alone, with only light for company, until a little girl named Dark appears and shows him that light switches don’t just switch off the light—they switch on the night. And to switch on the night is to switch on the stars, the moon, the crickets, and the frogs. With the Dillons’ dreamlike illustrations, Switch on the Night is sure to reassure any child who has felt afraid of the unkown; the story will also impress adult readers with its imaginative approach to understanding that which is different.

“Bradbury’s story of a boy who conquers his fear of the night with the help of a child named Dark has been newly illustrated with appropriately mysterious, dramatic artwork, clearly influenced by M. C. Escher’s work.”—The Horn Book

“The Dillons’ interpretation works well intellectually and aesthetically.”—Booklist

A lonely little boy who is afraid of the dark is introduced to a whole new world by a little girl named Dark.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[The] story has that vivid sense of magic that infuses all of Bradbury's poetic writing. The illustrations enhance this otherworldly mood. . . . [A] gem, visually appealing in art and design, strongly atmospheric, and founded on an ingenious strategy for coping with a common fear."
--School Library Journal

From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
First published in 1955, this original fable about a boy who overcomes his fear of darkness is Ray Bradbury's only picture book for young children. While all of the other children happily chase one another across the summer lawns amid the shadows, the little boy sits lonely and alone in his room with his lanterns, lamps, flashlights, candles, and chandeliers blazing. Then, one special night, a magical girl, named Dark, shows the little boy a new and better way to look at the Night. Turning switches didn't turn off the light, but turned on the Night with all its glory. Dark introduces the boy to singing crickets, chirping frogs, shining stars, and the big, beautiful glowing moon. Illustrations by Caldecott winning artists, Leo and Diane Dillon are dedicated to the artist M.C. Escher. These spellbinding perspectives and nighttime tones will fascinate readers of all ages. 2000, Knopf, Ages 4 up, $14.95. Reviewer: Leslie Julian
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-A lonely child loses his fear of the night after a girl named Dark teaches him that the very same switches that turn off lights can turn on the Night, and with it the crickets, and frogs, and stars, and moon. Originally published in 1955 with illustrations by Madeleine Gekiere, the story has an old-fashioned, impersonal air-the boy is never named; he looks out his window at ``the other children''; his parents are ``Mother and Father''-but also has that vivid sense of magic that infuses all of Bradbury's poetic writing. The illustrations enhance this otherworldly mood, combining simultaneous views from several directions and distances into single scenes; the effect is Escher-like, lit either in pale gold or luminous blue-green. A minor gem, visually appealing in art and design, strongly atmospheric, and founded on an ingenious strategy for coping with a common fear.-John Peters, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553112443
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/14/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 438,867
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury, the famous science fiction author, wrote this story in 1955 to help his own son overcome fear of the dark. The author lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Leo and Diane Dillon have received two Caldecott Medals and a Coretta Scott King Award for their distinguished illustrations.

Biography

Ray Bradbury is one of those rare individuals whose writing has changed the way people think. His more than 500 published works -- short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, television scripts, and verse -- exemplify the American imagination at its most creative.

Once read, his words are never forgotten. His best-known and most beloved books -- The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451, and Something Wicked This Way Comes -- are masterworks that readers carry with them over a lifetime. His timeless, constant appeal to audiences young and old has proven him to be one of the truly classic authors of the 20th Century -- and the 21st.

Ray Bradbury's work has been included in several Best American Short Story collections. He has been awarded the O. Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America, and the PEN Center USA West Lifetime Achievement Award, among others. In recognition of his stature in the world of literature and the impact he has had on so many for so many years, Bradbury was awarded the National Book Foundation's 2000 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the National Medal of Arts in 2004.

On the occasion of his 80th birthday in August 2000, Bradbury said, "The great fun in my life has been getting up every morning and rushing to the typewriter because some new idea has hit me. The feeling I have every day is very much the same as it was when I was twelve. In any event, here I am, eighty years old, feeling no different, full of a great sense of joy, and glad for the long life that has been allowed me. I have good plans for the next ten or twenty years, and I hope you'll come along."

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview with Bradbury, he shared some fascinating facts with us:

"I spent three years standing on a street corner, selling newspapers, making ten dollars a week. I did that job every day for three hours and the rest of the time I wrote because I was in love with writing. The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love."

"I have been inspired by libraries and the magic they contain and the people that they represent."

"I hate all politics. I don't like either political party. One should not belong to them -- one should be an individual, standing in the middle. Anyone that belongs to a party stops thinking."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Leonard Douglas, William Elliott, Douglas Spaulding, Leonard Spaulding
      Ray Bradbury
    2. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 22, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Waukegan, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Attended schools in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California
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