At Night

Jonathan Bean

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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On some nights, a snug bedroom is a hard place to fall asleep. On some nights, it’s better to get away from slumbering, snoring family members and curl up alone with one’s thoughts in the cool night air, under wide-open skies. In this charming bedtime fantasy, a sleepless city girl does just that, finding her surprising way to a serene rooftop version of a backyard campout.
With captivating ink-and-watercolor illustrations and a simple, lyrical text, newcomer Jonathan Bean has created a soothing bedtime story that is sure to charm children and parents alike.

At Night is the winner of the 2008 Boston GlobeHorn Book Award for Picture Books.

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Praise for At Night

“What beautiful work! It is one of those books that makes me feel excited about picture books all over again.”         —Sue Truesdell, illustrator of Chicken Said, “Cluck!”, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book

“Mixes a touch of whimsy with a meditative sense of calm. The spare sentences have a lulling rhythm that echo the words’ soothing references to breath and breeze, while the silvery, ink-and-watercolor pictures add a quiet drama.” —Starred, Booklist


“Perfect reading for a warm night.” —Starred, The Horn Book


“This sweet, gentle story is perfectly constructed and balanced . . . Quietly lovely.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews


“Bean creates almost magical rhythms in this pitch-perfect story.”  —Starred, Publishers Weekly


“The watercolor illustrations . . . perfectly depict the shadows, darkness, and light of the slumbering city.” —School Library Journal


“The text has a quietly lulling cadence . . . that his highly suitable to a nighttime read.”  —Bulletin of Center for Children’s Books


“Such a simple story, such a lovely one.”  —Globe and Mail

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About the Author

Jonathan Bean

JONATHAN BEAN received an M.F.A. from New York’s School of Visual Arts and now lives and works in Pennsylvania. His first book, At Night, won a 2008 Boston GlobeHorn Book Award, and he is also the illustrator of two acclaimed picture books by Lauren Thompson, The Apple Pie That Papa Baked and One Starry Night. His new book, Building Our House, will be published in January 2013 by Farrar Straus Giroux.

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At Night
Jonathan Bean


CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Charlotte Zolotow Award / Honor Book, IRA Children's Book Award Notable Book, Boston Globe - Horn Book Award, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, NYPLC Children's Books 100


Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
July 2007
ISBN: 9780374304461
ISBN10: 0374304467
Picture Book
7 x 7 inches, 32 pages, Includes full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3

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