The stars of Blossom and Boo: A Story About Best Friends return in Blossom and Boo Stay Up Late: A Story About Bedtime by Dawn Apperley. Here, the bunny-and-bear pair wonders what happens in the forest after dark, but after encountering strange shadows and weird noises, the duo determines that daytime is best for playing. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
PreS-After playing all day in their forest home, a bear and a rabbit decide to find out what happens there at night. The friends' adventure includes shadow dancing by moonlight, seeing raccoons, and being frightened by the noises of bats and owls, until finally a group of friendly fireflies leads them to Magic Hill, where they can look up at the stars and fall asleep. "Staying up late was an adventure," decides Boo, "but nighttime is better for sleeping." With bright, jewel-toned, watercolor-and-pencil illustrations, and two winning (if interchangeable) protagonists, this story hits all the right notes for preschoolers. A fun way to teach about animals of the night or to address questions about what happens after kids go to bed, this tale is a natural purchase for any picture-book collection.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Best buddies Blossom and Boo decide to explore the mysteries of the nighttime forest. Apperley's amiable duo (Blossom and Boo: A Story About Best Friends, not reviewed) continue to wield an enchanting appeal. Readers will readily recognize favored pastimes of the preschool set: discovering shapes in cloud formations, dancing, and frolicking about with carefree abandon. Like all youngsters, the bunny and cub ponder what they are missing while they slumber. Saying goodnight to their diurnal pals, the two eagerly await the arrival of the moon, only to discover that the woods at night can be an alarming experience. Despite being spooked, they quickly determine the commonplace sources for the ominous sounds and sights. However, with the arrival of the sun comes the determination that for light-loving creatures such as themselves, nighttime is best spent snuggled up asleep. Apperley's art imbues the tale with her own distinctive blend of whimsy. Pencil-and-watercolor illustrations beguile readers with a bevy of cuddlesome critters. Simply rendered, the full-bleed pictures have a child-like feel that is utterly appealing: chunky, rounded bees buzz past a bright field of daisies, while round little ducklings bob in the stream. A likable tale that gently encourages would-be night owls to roost for the evening. (Picture book. 3-5)