If You Were Night

If You Were Night

A poetic and evocative exploration of the natural world at night illustrated in illuminating paper-cut dioramas.

This dreamlike picture book asks the question: if you were night, what would you do? If you saw the moon tiptoe past your window, would you nestle under the covers? Or would you step outside to follow it? What if you felt a tail brush your ankle, would you freeze? Or skitter away? And if you saw an owl swoop from a branch, would you hide? Or join the hunt? All the while, the child pictured in the book chooses adventure, and thrillingly experiences a night like no other.

From the award-winning and acclaimed author M??n Th? V?n comes a lyrical and evocative exploration of the natural world at night. The poetic language of the text engages all the senses as it gently poses questions that pull readers' imaginations outdoors, where night creatures roam and everything seems different. Kelly Pousette's intricate paper-cut dioramas, intriguingly presented with shadows and darkness falling around them, are packed with charming details for children to investigate. This unique and thought-provoking book is sure to encourage observation and spark curiosity --- and many conversations. A wonderful read-aloud or bedtime story, this book also ties in beautifully with primary lessons about the natural world.

Title:If You Were Night
ISBN:9781525300141
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    If You Were Night Reviews

  • Amalia Gavea

    ‘’If you saw the moonTiptoe past your window,What would you do?Would you nestle under the covers Or step outside, too?’’ There is something mysterious and fascinating and addictive (...and ...

  • Briar's Reviews

    If You Were Night is a unique children's book that really peaked my interest. If you were night, what would you do? That is the general idea and theme behind this book. It's poetic, beautifully writte...

  • Kirsty

    This is absolutely stunning - it has everything I look for in a picture book. It has the feel of a future classic like Goodnight Moon. I could read it over and over. The paper-cutout artwork style is ...

  • Cheri

    This delightful story is written by Mượn Thị Văn and beautifully illustrated by Kelly Pousette. I’ve read a few new children’s books lately, and this is one of the best at combining truly st...

  • Amy

    What would you do if you were night?What a beautiful book with such lovely ideas for a young one to consider what they would do if they were night.The artwork is breathtaking. The writing is wonderful...

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    Wow! I mean perfection. How did they compile this story book in verse? It's so beautiful. It's not just illustrations. It's like a whole new level of storybooks! The whole artwork is like an actual sc...

  • Lara Maynard

    I’m a grown woman who would be perfectly happy to have someone read If You Were Night to me at bedtime on a regular basis. The text is subtly poetic and the cut paper artwork scenes are so nice. Suc...

  • Sandra

    The text is a very poetic series of questions about what a child would do if it were the night and had the chance of explore the nature when everything is dark. The illustrations are beautiful, very w...

  • La Coccinelle

    This is a simple, gentle picture book that explores the idea of what a child might do if they personified the night.The concept is a little bit abstract, and I'm not exactly in love with the writing, ...

  • Etienne

    3,5/5. Interesting children book. The are was original and pretty. It also have a soft/relaxing narration, which provide not the best story/book, but a good one for a bedtime read....