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Author: Pamela Duncan Edwards

Illustrator: Daniel Kirk

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Publisher: Orchard Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: What do animals like deer and fish do while we are sleeping? A little boy flies through the night with only the moon to guide him. Along the way, he sees what the various animals do. This informational picture book is told with bold pictures on a nighttime background.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 3

Age of Child: Read with a 6-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book because she was curious what animals do at night. She enjoyed learning about the activities, but said the pages were too dark and hard to see the details in the pictures. Even still, she wanted to read the book again.

Adult Reader Reaction: I thought the pictures were a little dark, too. The story itself is informative as it shows you how some animals stay up at night. It is a little unbelievable that the boy takes off flying through the night but the concept of the book was good. It would have been better to have the boy just watching from the window or actually going for a walk or something like that.

Pros: This picture book offers simple explanations to answer kids' questions about how some animals are active while we are sleeping.

Cons: The pictures were dark and the story - given how much factual data is included - is unrealistic.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This book has nice information, but it's value for the home library is limited.


Educational Themes: This is a good starter book to talk about animal habitat, animal habits, and the concept of nocturnal animals.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2010

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