Night Job

By: Karen Hesse

Illustrator: G. Brian Karas

Full-color mixed media illustrations.

ISBN: 9780763662387

JLG Release: Oct 2018


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Fathers and sons , Jobs and professions , Janitorial work , Custodians

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

It’s sunset on a Friday night, and a child narrator and his father head out on a motorcycle through the darkening city streets toward a school. Inhaling the scent of lilacs as they enter the school lot, the narrator poignantly explains, “We pull into our space./Dad hauls out a ring of keys/as big as the rising moon./He opens the door,/and the b It’s sunset on a Friday night, and a child narrator and his father head out on a motorcycle through the darkening city streets toward a school. Inhaling the scent of lilacs as they enter the school lot, the narrator poignantly explains, “We pull into our space./Dad hauls out a ring of keys/as big as the rising moon./He opens the door,/and the building sighs./Come, it whispers to us.” The boy’s father is the school’s custodian, and, together, the father and son work their way from room to room in the half-light of gym, the cafeteria, the hallways, and the library. Hesse captures a hushed, childlike wonder at a boy’s father’s evening custodial job, while Karas’s quiet, powerful illustrations command a palette of grays and play with illumination to emphasize the details: an orange basketball, the green library sofa, or the brightness of the dream ocean in the book’s last spread. VERDICT Simultaneously muted but alive with detail, this title offers an extraordinary glimpse into an endearing father-son relationship, a livelihood, and an ordinary life. Recommended for all picture book shelves.–Brianne Colombo, Fairfield Free Public Library, NJ

Book Details

ISBN

9780763662387

First Release

October 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

7 7/8" x 10 5/8"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Fathers and sons, Jobs and professions, Janitorial work, Custodians,

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