A gentle, collage-illustrated bedtime read about the often mysterious and always beautiful experiences to be found in nighttime spaces.
In the night garden fireflies look like fallen stars.
Moonflowers unfurl and release their intoxicating perfume.
In the night garden you can lie
on the cool grass and look up to the
millions and trillions of stars…
In the night garden, nothing is as it seems and everything is made new. Blinking stars and pale moonlight might reveal a lone cat tiptoeing across a roof, luminous flowers unfurling in the cool air, a mama fox escorting her sleepy cubs home. Listen closely and you might hear the wind blowing through the trees, the murmur of a slow stream, or the gentle song of crickets and bullfrogs, lulling you to sleep.
Carin Berger is the award-winning author of The Little Yellow Leaf, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book. With soothing words and spectacularly detailed, hand-cut collage artwork, she has fashioned a bedtime book like no other. Curious readers will be rewarded when they look for the mysterious cat that appears on every page!
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Carin Berger is the award-winning author and illustrator of almost a dozen picture books for children, including The Little Yellow Leaf, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, All of Us, and Finding Spring. She is also the illustrator of Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant by Jack Prelutsky and Are We Pears Yet? by Miranda Paul. She She and her family divide their time between NYC and Cupcake, their home, in the Hudson Valley. Carin spends all of her spare time tending her garden. Cupcake makes an appearance in and was the inspiration for In the Night Garden.
★ "In tandem, the text and art endow nighttime with a sense of whimsy and wonder, and for little ones readying for bed, they'll find comfort and reassurance for sweeter dreams."—Booklist, Starred Review
★ "Nighttime is the right time for young readers thanks to this perfect amalgamation of soothing text and image."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
★ "A striking sequence of collaged spreads. . . . All the senses are engaged as, en route to a cozy ‘sleep tight,’ Berger presents the smells, the sounds, and the sights of nighttime as elegant, dazzling, and serene."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
★ "Carin Berger’s sweet, gentle bedtime story is more than just a pretty face; it fully captures the imagination. Using her own garden as a muse, Berger (Finding Spring) takes the unease out of nighttime. . . ."—BookPage, Starred Review
★ "Berger’s attention to detail in the art, alongside her sophisticated and accessible text, creates a magical nighttime world. This spellbinding picture book will undoubtedly hold children in that glorious tension between wide-eyed curiosity and heavy-lidded drowsiness before they drift off to sleep."—The Horn Book, Starred Review
"With subtlety, grace, and perfection, Berger creates a goodnight book for the ages. I like it better for a modern audience than Goodnight Moon."—Anita Silvey, former Editor-in-Chief of The Horn Book
"Berger’s abstract paper collage captures the whimsy ambiance of nighttime spaces. . . . This would make a calming bedtime tale that will have little ones’ eyes gleaming with delight while observing the serene magic of the night."—The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books