Night Job

Night Job

With lyrical narration and elegant, evocative artwork, Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse and illustrator G. Brian Karas share the nighttime experience of a father and child.

When the sun sets, Dad's job as a school custodian is just beginning. What is it like to work on a Friday night while the rest of the city is asleep? There's the smell of lilacs in the night air, the dusky highway in the moonlight, and glimpses of shy nighttime animals to make the dark magical. Shooting baskets in the half-lit gym, sweeping the stage with the game on the radio, and reading out loud to his father in the library all help the boy's time pass quickly. But what makes the night really special is being with Dad. Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse's quietly powerful story of a boy and his father is tenderly brought to life by G. Brian Karas in this luminous tribute to an enduring, everyday sort of love.

Title:Night Job
ISBN:9780763662387
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    Night Job Reviews

  • Julie

    A tender tale of a father and son and the bond that they share. I love the evocative sights, smells and dreams. My favorite line is: "Dad hauls out a ring of keys as big as the rising moon," which rem...

  • Melki

    A sweet story of a young boy who keeps his father company during Dad's job overnight as a school custodian.As always, G. Brian Karas's artwork is a delight....

  • Bethany

    Part of me loves this evocative story told by a child whose father works as a night custodian for a school. It's quiet, splendid, and a soul-warming snapshot of a loving parent/child relationship.Anot...

  • Danielle

    The writing in this is exquisite and the book feels like you are right there, experiencing the night and the night job Hesse and Karas document. ...

  • KC

    This is a fantastic look at a single father who needs to work at night and brings his son along. ...

  • June

    A quiet story of a father taking his son to his janitorial, night job. I enjoyed the relationship of the father and son and the portrayal of the night work and job which aren't prevalent in children's...

  • Lynn

    A boy helps his school-custodian father during his nightly work. Hesse's text is poetic and evocative with images children will easily grasp. The depicted bond between the father and son is truly love...

  • Vera Godley

    What a lovely story! The text and pictures evoke a gentle lesson in loving caring, sharing, togetherness, and respect for work.Dad takes his son to work with him on Friday evening. The story brings ho...

  • Hannah Jane

    There's something really special about the relationship between this boy and his dad. Even though his dad is working, he's very much involved in his son's life. My favorite moment is when his dad clea...

  • Katie Fitzgerald

    This is a nice slice of life story about a boy who goes to work at night with his janitor father. The writing is poetic and the illustrations capture the warmth and humor of the characters' relationsh...