The Way Home in the Night

By: Akiko Miyakoshi

This beautiful picture book captures the magical wonder a child feels at being outside in the night. Black-and-white illustrations rendered in pencil and charcoal, with color accents in acrylic gouache.

ISBN: 9781771386630

JLG Release: Apr 2017


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Urban life , Nighttime , Home life

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Awards & Honors

Capitol Choices 2018, Birth to Age Seven
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Picture Books
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017
2018 USBBY Outstanding International Books, Grades PreK–2

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

A mother rabbit walks home carrying a small, sleepy bunny in her arms. As they walk, the bunny thinks about the city at night. Familiar shops and restaurants close, and apartments with lights inside shine brightly in the darkness, giving glimpses into the lives of those inside. A flickering light makes the bunny wonder if someone is watching TV, an A mother rabbit walks home carrying a small, sleepy bunny in her arms. As they walk, the bunny thinks about the city at night. Familiar shops and restaurants close, and apartments with lights inside shine brightly in the darkness, giving glimpses into the lives of those inside. A flickering light makes the bunny wonder if someone is watching TV, an open window shows two mice hugging goodbye, and the sounds of a party spill into the evening. After being tucked into bed, the bunny thinks about what is happening to each of the animals seen on the walk home: “Snug under my covers, I think about the way home. Are the party guests saying goodnight? Is the person on the phone getting ready for bed?” Although the bunny’s thoughts range far and wide, the final message emphasizes the safety and familiarity of home. Miyakoshi’s textural charcoal and gouache paintings are perfectly suited to portray a dark urban setting, evoking the quiet magic of walking along the street, with lights glowing out of unshuttered homes. As in The Tea Party in the Woods, the characters are drawn as humanoid figures with different types of animal heads. They generally have wide, round, unblinking eyes; some readers may find this detail unsettling, but it helps create an otherworldly effect for this dreamy tale. VERDICT This contemplative story is a fresh addition to the bedtime shelf and a worthy offering for most collections.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN

Horn Book

A mother bunny carries her sleepy bunny through the darkened streets of a quiet downtown as the child remarks on the ordinary occurrences shown through windows. Restaurants are closing, TVs are flickering, a phone rings, parties are underway. Arriving home and tucked into bed, the bunny wonders about the scenes they passed by—is the restauran A mother bunny carries her sleepy bunny through the darkened streets of a quiet downtown as the child remarks on the ordinary occurrences shown through windows. Restaurants are closing, TVs are flickering, a phone rings, parties are underway. Arriving home and tucked into bed, the bunny wonders about the scenes they passed by—is the restaurant chef in the bath, is the party over?—and drifts off safe in the knowledge that “every night, we all go home to bed.” Miyakoshi (The Storm, rev. 5/16) works in heavy pencil and charcoal on deeply textured paper, with spots of muted, dusky color. Her dark, atmospheric images, with orderly composition and serene illumination, evoke the stillness of the night; the animal characters’ old-fashioned attire and the quaint city streets recall a bygone time. Peaceful, particular, and just a little somber, this contemplative evocation of the closing of the day may provide the sort of indelible reading experience that children remember well into adulthood. thom barthelmess

Book Details

ISBN

9781771386630

First Release

April 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 1.8; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD440L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Kids Can

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Urban life, Nighttime, Home life,

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