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At Night



A bedtime book to soothe restless sleepers.

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Parents need to know that this simple little book tells a simple little story that is as gentle and soothing as its illustrations. Nothing objectionable is presented.

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What's the story?

Unable to sleep, a young girl packs up her pillow and blanket and follows the breeze to the rooftop where she finds the perfect solution for sleeping in the city on a warm summer's night.

Is it any good?


This is a smaller-than-usual picture book with soft and soothing illustrations and a story that is calm, gentle, and a little different from ordinary bedtime books. Kids will enjoy looking at the outlined watercolor drawings that create the friendly, almost magical world of the little girl who can't sleep. They also will enjoy hearing how she solves her problem.

Children who live in the city may understand the world of the rooftop garden more than kids who live elsewhere. However, from the front cover on, Jonathan Bean paints a dreamy picture of this amazing world and the little girl who enjoys being there more than anywhere else in her apartment. This pleasurable bedtime read for younger kids is the first picture book Bean has both written and illustrated.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the little girl must have felt when she could not fall asleep. What kept her awake? Have you ever felt like she did when she heard all her family snoring around her, but she was still wide awake? Why did she decide to sleep on the roof? Have you ever slept outside, or wanted to? What would your parents do if they saw you carrying your blankets outside in the middle of the night? What do you think the mother is thinking about when she sits by her sleeping daughter up on the rooftop?

Book details

Author:Jonathan Bean
Illustrator:Jonathan Bean
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:July 24, 2007
Number of pages:32

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