|All ears, all eyes|
Author: Jackson, Richard
As darkness falls in the forest, animals hoot, chirp, whirr, and bark, lulling drowsy children to sleep.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (01/15/17)
School Library Journal (+) (01/01/17)
Booklist (+) (02/01/17)
The Hornbook (00/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—A forest night setting created with watercolor and digital techniques at first connotes quiet and stillness, but from beginning to end, this story encourages readers to look closer and listen deeper to discover a symphony of sight and sound. As the day starts to fade, an owl sits practically camouflaged in a tree, painted in the same blues and purples as the leaves. When night falls, the following pages repeat the technique, and many of the creatures cannot be seen until they, surprisingly and delightfully, become visible. This pairs well with the questions and cadence of the text ("What surprises? What sings? Crick-crick-crickets chirring in the thick-thick-thickets."). There's no need to fear the dark knowing that there's such company stirring within it, and yet even with this noise and activity, the ending provides a gentle send-off to slumber. VERDICT This lovely, evocative selection is a guessing game and a soothing bedtime offering that's perfect for reading aloud, especially to young animal and nature lovers.—Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/01/2017 *Starred Review* Look closely: Do you see the owl sitting in the leaves on the front cover? Are you all eyes? Now listen: Do you hear the chomping of raccoons, who are the same burnt orange as the sundown? Are you all ears? Whether you look up or down, there are messages everywhere. Jackson’s text, full of evocative words (whirring, chirring, stirring), takes us on a journey into the growing darkness: at first, just a “dim-dimming woods”; later, the dark is “near brimming now.” The text, with rhyme that delights and surprises, is big and bold for main concepts, smaller and closer to the background hues when describing some of the animal action. Tillotson’s illustrations take us full circle, from bright leaves swirling on a white background on the opening end pages to luminescent ones swirling against the dark sky as the book closes. The colors of the approaching nightfall are soft, the images impressionistic, and lots of swirls and horizontal lines propel viewers forward. Like Mordicai Gerstein’s The Night World (2015), this is a celebration of the approaching darkness and all that happens in the night. Repeat visits reveal new images hidden within the illustrations, and the gentle text lends itself well to read-alouds. A lovely book from start to finish. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.