Nancy Paulsen Books
March 14, 2017
10.2 X 10.1 X 0.5 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author
Rachel Isadora (www.rachelisadora.com) received a Caldecott Honor for Ben's Trumpet, and has written and illustrated numerous other books for children, including several classic tales set in Africa (such as Old Mikamba Had a Farm and The Princess and the Pea), I Hear a Pickle, Bea in the Nutcracker, Bea at Ballet, Jake at Gymnastics, Say Hello!, Peekaboo Morning, and the Lili at Ballet series.
"This gentle title is wholly original and a homage to the classic bedtime story. . . . Universalities, such as a loving family coaxing an adorably stalling child to bed, are also depicted. A charming, soothing bedtime tale that begs to be shared again and again."--School Library Journal "Isadora revisits the rural African setting of some of her fairy tale retellings in a story spotlighting the age-old phenomenon of bedtime stalling. . . . The repetition gives the story a predictable, lilting cadence that invites children to echo Lala's good night wishes. . . . Dramatic oil-and-ink artwork offers tender portraits of Lala gently interacting with each animal against a darkening landscape as the sun descends, the moon rises, and shadows emerge."--Publishers Weekly "The African setting is harmoniously rendered in oils and ink, and, as night falls, the scenes become even richer. Lila, her hair in twisty braids, dressed in a simple shift, is a sweet yet spunky heroine who captures the universal defiance of children at bedtime."--Booklist "There are some behaviors that span the globe. . . . Preschool-perfect conflict, and the text could not be simpler, giving to Isadora's illustrations, oil paint and ink, all the drama of sunset on the African plains. The ever-deepening blue of the sky is the backdrop to a rich display of plants and animals, all naturally but boldly hued and anchored by the human forms of Lala and her family and their fellow villagers. A twist at the end . . . is a good gentle joke in its own right but also serves to reinforce the universality of the situation."--The Horn Book