Fiona Loves the Night

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Moonlit stroll into a world of magic and wonder.





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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this book opens up a world of nighttime wonder. Things that sometimes scare kids are friendly and beautiful, in a solid, realistic way. The only worry parents may have is that Fiona wanders outside at night.

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What's the story?

After she has slept for a while, and everyone else is still asleep, Fiona slips out to explore the night. She watches the stars; listens to the owl and the mockingbird; walks through the cool, wet grass; and shares in the magic of the moon before climbing back into bed, smiling as she dreams about her adventures.

Is it any good?


FIONA LOVES THE NIGHT is the second collaboration by three talented women, and it's a masterpiece. This magical book explores the beauty of the nighttime world, which few of us ever really see, hear, or feel as Fiona does. The story is original, the writing is beautifully poetic, and Amanda Shepherd's finger-painted illustrations are amazing.

Nothing is ordinary in Fiona's nighttime world, but all is magical. This is not the magic born of imagination, but rather one that is fostered by a sensitive and perceptive nature. This is about appreciating the magic of the natural world, and a little girl who is adventurous enough to explore it. In lyrical language that is soothing and soft, the adventure unfolds against a finger-painted world. Page after page is filled with dark blue-dotted mystery highlighted with the subtle light and bold lines of various nighttime surprises. Together, words and pictures invite the reader to stroll along through the world that Fiona loves. And we can understand why she feels the way she does.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how kids feel about the night and the darkness that surrounds it. Do you find the dark scary, or do you like it? Would they like to walk outside and explore the nighttime world as Fiona did?

Book details

Authors:Emily MacLachlan Charest, Patricia MacLachlan
Illustrator:Amanda Shepherd
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Joanna Cotler
Publication date:September 18, 2007
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7
Read aloud:4
Read alone:6

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