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One Dark Night

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by Lisa Wheeler, Ivan Bates (Illustrator)

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Evenings at home with Mouse and Mole are always safe and cozy, until one dark night they venture outside for a moonlit walk and find something waiting for them. With its satisfying ending, this adventure is a perfect read-aloud for every night.


Evenings at home with Mouse and Mole are always safe and cozy, until one dark night they venture outside for a moonlit walk and find something waiting for them. With its satisfying ending, this adventure is a perfect read-aloud for every night.

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"A very encouraging story in praise of unlikely friendships."--Kirkus Reviews
"Cleverly mixing suspense and humor, this well-crafted book . . . Will surprise, satisfy and spur repeat readings."--Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly
"Engaging rhymes and well-timed cross-cutting between the scenes creates an air of shivery expectancy as Mouse and Mole head into what looks like a direct confrontation with a bear," PW said. Ages 3-7. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Parallel stories feature a wee mouse and a little mole as they prepare to leave their small home and enter the dark forest. In the meantime a BIG GIANT bear waits impatiently in his huge lair with an enormous sense of anticipation. The stories alternate as the two small creatures make their way through the woods and the bear's anger accelerates. Mouse and Mole finally reach their destination just as Bear tromps out of his den and grumbles, "You're late!" All is quickly forgiven as the three best friends skip through the glen and enter Bear's home to share a BIG GIANT feast. Large, colorful illustrations fill the pages aptly expressing Mouse and Mole's mounting fear and Bear's increasing rage. The warm joy of friendship shines through in the last few pages. An exciting tale for young children. 2003, Harcourt, $16.00 Ages 3 to 6.
— Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Mouse and Mole share a "wee little" life in a "wee little" house, and decide to venture out one dark night through a swamp and wood. Fearful and nervous, the mole relies on the braver mouse to lead them along. Meanwhile, a hungry, impatient bear appears to be waiting for something before he can eat from the full table he has set in his lair. Mole and Mouse become lost and scared, while Bear decides to go out and find what he is waiting for, grumpily approaching the two friends and growling "YOU'RE LATE!" The little creatures are then happily relieved, and readers see that they are the anticipated guests of Bear, who has waited for their visit to share the feast he has prepared. Wheeler has written a menacingly suspenseful romp in scenes alternating between Mouse and Mole's venture and Bear's imposing anger. The wax pencil crayon and watercolor illustrations depict the lair scenes in browns and yellows and the outdoor nighttime vistas in blue greens, and the characters' expressions nicely reflect all the nervous tension. Children will probably not realize that Bates has provided a bit of foreshadowing in the original lair scene showing an abundantly set table. Deliciously scary.-Rita Soltan, formerly at Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The circumstances are fraught with trepidation as a few citizens of the forest, at opposite ends of the food chain, meet one another in the dark of the night. Readers meet Mole and Mouse, two chums who share a snug abode, and Bear, who fully fills his BIG GIANT den with BEASTLY growls and jowls, not to mention an outsized hunger. For inexplicable reasons, Mouse and Mole venture into the night: "The two teensy friends / Left their wee tiny house. / 'I'm scared of the dark,' / Mole whispered to Mouse." But stalwart Mouse urges them on: "Through sharp thistle thorns, / Into marsh misty woods." Meanwhile, Bear is gnashing about his abode, working up a voluminous hunger. "I want something to eat / And I want it now," he growls, a full-frontal head-shot filling the page, blowing readers back. He charges out into the night and it looks as though Mouse and Mole will soon be victims of the wrong place at the wrong time. They hear some commotion: "Mole shivered. Mouse shook. / Their fur stood up straight. / The SOMETHING was Bear, / Who grumbled . . . 'You're late!' " Hand in hand, they skip back to Bear's lair for a feast. A very encouraging story in praise of unlikely friendships, told with poetic economy and a nod to the fact that such liaisons are ruefully rare. Bates's (Do Like a Duck Does, 2002, etc.) watercolors, with their touches of waxy tactility, move with surety and character between tension and sweet resolution. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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First Edition
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Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

LISA WHEELER has written many picture books, including her first collaboration with Ivan Bates, One Dark Night. She lives near Detroit, Michigan.

is the illustrator of Just You and Me and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, both by Sam McBratney. He lives in England.

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One Dark Night 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
One Dark Night is a cute book that has a mouse and mole who take on an adventure at night. The embark on a journey to meet a friend for dinner. We also have bear who is very hungry and we get the impression that he is looking for food as he stomps and growls in his den. We both liked how the animals are friends even though at first we are not told that. The pictures are very colorful the text is nice and big. It is easy to read and know what is going on. I think this would be a good book for those learning to read.  I liked how mouse reassures his friend mole who is scared of the dark.