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Switch on the Night
     

Switch on the Night

by Ray Bradbury, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator)
 

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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’

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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 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

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[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

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553112443
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/14/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
563,793
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
August 22, 1920
Place of Birth:
Waukegan, Illinois
Education:
Attended schools in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California
Website:
http://www.raybradbury.com

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