Author: Shulevitz, Uri
Boy with dog and grandfather with beard watch holiday lights turn on in the city.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.70
Points: .5 Quiz: 159619
Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/01/13)
School Library Journal (09/01/13)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/13)
The Hornbook (00/11/13)
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Booklist - 08/01/2013 Bundled up against the cold, a boy, a grandfather, and a dog walk down to the river, where they watch the sun set. At dusk, they return to the city, where people hurry along the sidewalks. Four figures pass by: “man with cravat,” “woman with hat,” “retired acrobat,” and “visitor from planet Zataplat.” As the sky shifts from pale blue to deepening shades of gray, the radiant streetlamps, glowing theater marquees, and brightly lit holiday windows make the scenes increasingly colorful and “as light as day.” There’s not much of a story here, and the rhyming thoughts of the four figures seem a bit out of place in the prose text. But when day turns to night, scene after scene offers a dazzling display of bright lights and subtly shaded hues. The black line drawings also set off the luminous colors beautifully in each scene. A vivid expression of the shift from day to evening and the brilliant lights and colors that brighten a city at night. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 09/01/2013 PreS-Gr 1—The "boy with dog" and his "grandfather with beard" appear in a companion book to Snow (Farrar, 1998). The threesome take a walk in the late afternoon and witness a beautiful sunset before heading back to the city as the buildings and skies darken. The child feels that dusk is a sad time as it signals the end of day, but he notices the darkness is abated as the electric lights begin going on one by one. The diversity of New York City is revealed as the inhabitants, hurrying along to their varied destinations, are readying to celebrate a trio of holidays: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas. Appealing gray, purple, and blue watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations of dusk are contrasted beautifully by the orange, red, and yellow of the sunset and the holiday lights. Bookstores, signs, and a library in the background are all tributes to reading. The brightly colored lights of the various festivals show that, though dusk may be the end of day, it may also be the beginning of a magical, memorable night.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.