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The Night Gardener













The Night Gardner

Terry and Eric Fan
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016

The Night Gardener is a book of awe-inspiring, life-changing magic.  Set in the thirties, a young William wakes to a tree sculpture of an owl.  Awed by its beauty and wonder, he stares at it all day.  He goes to sleep with a sense of excitement and the next morning he awakens to a tree sculpture of a cat.  After several days of new sculptures, the people of Grimloch begin to feel joy enter their hearts.  When a dragon appears, they celebrate until late into the day.  Going home, William spots an unfamiliar person. As the gentleman enters the park, he turns and invites William in.  They create a park full of new creatures.  When Williams awakens in the park, a pair of sheers with his name on it are before him. William’s life is changed, and so are the lives of the people in Grimloch.

Graphite drawings detail the times and the tree sculptures. As tree sculptures are within the realm of possibilities, the story sheds a whole new light on night and trees.   A story of both eye and heart beauty.  A joy to savor.

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I Will Fight Monsters for You

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I Will Fight Monsters for You
by Santi Balmes, illustrated by Lyona
Albert Whitman and Company, 2015
Originally published in Barcelona, Spain

A fresh view of dealing with night time monsters, this reassuring story empowers scared toddlers.  Weaving humor, readers will find that Martina is as scared of monsters as monster Anitram, who lives below her, is as scared of humans!

Martina is sure there are monsters who live under her room.  She imagines they will jump up and down at the same time and cave in the floor.  She can’t sleep.  She’s afraid the monster will grab her and teach her how to scare people.  Her daddy reassures her, “I will fight MONSTERS for you,” and explains how she can be brave and help.  The size of the monster depends on how scared you are, he says.  If you feel very brave, the monster will shrink and run away. Martina begins to feel a bit better and falls asleep.

At that very moment, a pink monster named Anitram is convinced that on the other side of her floor is a human city!  She has heard a girl human jumping on her bed before and worried that if all the humans started jumping at the same time, the floor would cave it!

Like Martina, Antirum’s father reassures his daughter.  Find out how Martina and Antrium meet and are no longer afraid.

The simple, friendly  drawings done in pink and blue-green are reassuring to toddlers.

Originally published in 2011 in Barcelona, Spain, this comforting book is an international bestseller.

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Nighttime Ninja

Nighttime Ninja
By Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed Young
Little Brown and Company, 2012
2013 Children’s Choice Book Award

It’s midnight. A little ninja appears. He enters the house. He creeps in silence, he listens in the shadows. He takes out his tool…when suddenly lights flash on and a figure looms above him. This delightful story has the mystery and suspense—in kid’s terms—that every young ninja seeks, as well as the love of a patient parent.

Let your ninja live in the mysterious—yet safe—illustrations depicting night, created by award winning artist Ed Young, and the understanding, loving words of Barbara DaCosta. For the youngest ninja lovers.

2013 Children’s Choice Book Award

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