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Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night

By: Joyce Sidman

Illustrator: Rick Allen

"To all of you who crawl and creep, / . . . / who wake at dusk and throw off sleep: Welcome to the night." Poems and facts combine for a distinctive view of the nocturnal world. Glossary. Full- color illustrations made from wood-mounted linoleum-relief block prints, hand-colored with gouache.

ISBN: 9780547152288

JLG Release: Oct 2010


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Night , Juvenile poetry , Raccoons , Snails , Moths , Owls , Trees , Spiders , Porcupines , Crickets , Mushrooms , Efts , Bats , The moon

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Awards & Honors

2011 Newbery Honor Book; 2011 ALA Notable Children’s Books, All Ages; CLA Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts 2011; Booklist 2010 Editor’s Choice, Books for Youth, Nonfiction, Middle Readers; Horn Book Fanfare, Best Books of 2010, Poetry; Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12: 2011; Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Children's Choices - Best Books of 2011, Special Interests, Poetry; BCCB Blue Ribbon 2010, Nonfiction; 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, Picture Book

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

Horn Book

STAR From the opening poem, “To all of you who crawl and creep, / who buzz and chirp and hoot and peep, / who wake at dusk and throw off sleep: / Welcome to the night,” Sidman celebrates the world that comes alive after dark. As in her previous collections (Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems, rev. 5/05; Butte STAR From the opening poem, “To all of you who crawl and creep, / who buzz and chirp and hoot and peep, / who wake at dusk and throw off sleep: / Welcome to the night,” Sidman celebrates the world that comes alive after dark. As in her previous collections (Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems, rev. 5/05; Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow, rev. 9/06), she accompanies each poem with an informative paragraph, her flair for language still present in these nonfiction passages. She highlights not just random facts but small nuggets of information that catch the imagination: “At night they emerge to search for food, riding on a cushion of slime, which protects them from sharp objects.” The “Dark Emperor” of the title is of course the owl, whose poem is in the shape of the owl, while the accompanying picture shows the mouse who addresses him in terror. The dark lines of Allen’s skillful lino cut prints make the perfect accompaniment to a book of night poems, with their subtle colors allowing the reader to seek out the creatures slowly, just as one’s eye becomes accustomed to finding things in the dark. A final glossary explains less familiar words such as nocturnal and stridulation, and even the double-page spreads that open and close the book help tell the story, with one showing the owl at sunset and the other at sunrise.

Junior Library Guild


• Elegant wordplay and vivid imagery draw the reader into the woods as seen by its nocturnal inhabitants. Joyce Sidman has a gift for engaging all five senses with her verse.
• A memorable introduction to poetry, from playful rhyming and thoughtful free verse to the traditional Latin form of lamentation known as ubi sunt.

• Elegant wordplay and vivid imagery draw the reader into the woods as seen by its nocturnal inhabitants. Joyce Sidman has a gift for engaging all five senses with her verse.
• A memorable introduction to poetry, from playful rhyming and thoughtful free verse to the traditional Latin form of lamentation known as ubi sunt.
• Each of the twelve poems is paired with fascinating factual information about the poem’s focus.
• Rick Allen’s striking, lush illustrations add further depth to the book.

Book Details

ISBN

9780547152288

First Release

October 2010

Genre

Poetry and nonfiction.

Dewey Classification

811/.54

Trim Size

10 1/2" x 10"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.1; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 8.6; Points: 2;

Lexile

Level 1020L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Night, Juvenile poetry, Raccoons, Snails, Moths, Owls, Trees, Spiders, Porcupines, Crickets, Mushrooms, Efts, Bats, The moon,

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