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Jack and the Night Visitors
     

Jack and the Night Visitors

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by Pat Schories
 

Join the adventures of Jack and the freckle-faced boy in this charming wordless pictorial narrative that's perfect for prereaders. Jack and the boy receive a late-night visit from very unique guests, but no one would ever believe the story. The boy tries to trap one, but it's clear that his guests do not want to stay! This compelling book introduces preliterate

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Join the adventures of Jack and the freckle-faced boy in this charming wordless pictorial narrative that's perfect for prereaders. Jack and the boy receive a late-night visit from very unique guests, but no one would ever believe the story. The boy tries to trap one, but it's clear that his guests do not want to stay! This compelling book introduces preliterate children to elements of story?such as character, setting, and action?enabling them to better understand language when they begin to read words.

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From the Publisher

"Schories, best known as the illustrator of Alyssa Satin Capucilli's Biscuit books, shows strong visual storytelling skills here, and her high-interest premise and accessible artwork will make this book a rewarding choice for children not yet ready to read on their own." --Booklist

"This wordless offering makes a good vehicle for children to tell a story in their own words, helping them to develop pre-reading skills such as sequencing and employing descriptive language." --School Library Journal

"Charming. . . . A kid-perfect vehicle for encouraging children's minds to take off." --Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Of Jack the pooch's previous wordless tales, PW wrote, "The cozy familiarity of the plots, the sweet-natured hero and the expert comic pacing of the vignettes adds up to plenty of fun and lots of openings for youngsters to add their own narration, dialogue and woofs." In Jack and the Night Visitors by Pat Schories, a small band of robotic aliens land on the rooftop, introducing a plethora of moonlit fun-until the boy gets a bit possessive and Jack must step in. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is another delightful wordless adventure of Jack the dog and his boy by the creator of Breakfast for Jack and Jack and the Missing Piece. A space ship appears up in the sky on the jacket/cover, approaches the house on the front endpapers, and leaves on the back endpapers. Jack and his boy are in bed watching the light through the window, then observing the auto-like space vehicle unload its dozen or so little passengers on the roof. These shiny silver robots enjoy exploring the bedroom and mime a desire for food. The boy brings them dry cereal, which they enjoy, but then he traps one of them in a jar. Jack rescues the unhappy fellow, to the boy's dismay. But through the window together they watch the ship take off again. Simple full-page and vignette naturalistic scenes focus on the charming, attractive characters. "Reading" this wordless, involving story is great practice for the real thing. 2006, Front Street, Ages 2 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-The small brown-and-white dog and his owner who appeared in Breakfast for Jack and Jack and the Missing Piece (both Front St., 2004) are back. Through pictures, Schories relates how a spaceship lands on the roof one night and a host of tiny robotlike visitors climbs into the window of the boy's room. To his surprise and delight, they make themselves at home, playing with his toys and enjoying a snack. But when he captures one in a jar, the others flee. When the pup pulls the lid off of the container, the captive quickly rejoins the rest of the crew and the ship blasts off into the starry sky. Single- and double-page paintings in muted nighttime hues convey the action without need for text. They express the excitement of the youngster and his dog when they receive the aliens, and their wistfulness as the creatures depart. This wordless offering makes a good vehicle for children to tell a story in their own words, helping them to develop pre-reading skills such as sequencing and employing descriptive language.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Jack, the scruffy but adorable little terrier, has a boy. Some readers will be familiar with this be-freckled duo from the previous Jack books, but in this charming story, something very extraordinary happens. One starry night, a spaceship full of diminutive, robot-like aliens visits Jack and his boy. As the completely wordless tale unfolds, the aliens hop into the bedroom, investigate thoroughly-right down to the sock drawer-and then pantomime hunger. The red-headed youngster brings a box of cereal to his visitors, which they-and Jack-devour happily. Despite one space-robot's obvious distress, the boy captures it in a jar. Whether Jack is concerned for the visitor or just wants that last cornflake is unclear, but he frees the alien. Troubling as it may be to see the alien's fear, most children will appreciate the boy's desire to keep such an exciting little creature. With the nostalgic pastel-and-watercolor illustrations, this is a kid-perfect vehicle for encouraging children's minds to take off. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932425338
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Series:
Highlights Press Jacks Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,346,891
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

Meet the Author


Pat Schories is the illustrator and author of He's Your Dog and Mouse Around. She also illustrated the Biscuit books written by Alyssa Capucilli. Ms. Schories lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

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Jack and the Night Visitors 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, simple illustrations that clearly tell a charming story without any words. A great book for teaching children to pay attention to the pictures in a book in order to tell the story (picture walking).