Bright Night

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8.1 X 0.8 X 8.3 inches | 0.95 pounds
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About the Author

Lorie Ann Grover attended the University of Miami. After school she lived with her husband, David, in South Korea, where she spent most of her time painting and writing poetry. The Grovers have two daughters, Emily and Ellen, and live in Sumner, Washington.
The author of Loose Threads, Lorie Ann was inspired to write On Pointe by her own experiences as a teenage member of the Miami Ballet Company.
Jo Parry studied art and graphic design at the Arts Institute in Bournemouth and still lives on England's sunny south coast in Dorset. Jo loves to create bespoke pieces of art, especially fun and quirky designs for children's bedrooms.


Grover effectively reduces the Nativity story to quippy rhyming phrases in this padded board book, whose cozy mood is bolstered by Parry's soft, gauzy-looking digital artwork. 'Carry Mary, ' reads the opening spread as Joseph leads a donkey down a road as birds, butterflies, and a rabbit dance around the couple. From there, they land in the 'safe place' of the stable, celebrate 'boy joy' when Jesus is born, and enjoy a little 'swaddle, coddle' before visitors arrive, having followed the 'far star' in the night sky. It's a simple, punchy, and jubilant retelling. Ages 4--8.--Publisher Weekly
While adoring birds, butterflies, and barnyard animals look on, Mary and Joseph make their way to a stable to welcome baby Jesus. When he arrives, he is greeted into the world by an angel, shepherds, wise men, and God who sends 'Love from above' in the symbol of a shining star. The simple structure of this board book, with two or three rhyming words per illustration, makes it perfect for toddlers. It's also lovely to look at, with its bright palette, soft edges, and gently rounded, cartoon figures. VERDICT A delightful Nativity story to show very little ones, not to mention a great stocking stuffer.--Rita Law, Los Angeles Public Library--School Library Journal