Thursday, July 18, 2013
Switch on the Night
Author: Ray Bradbury
Illustrator: Leo and Diane Dillon
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Publication Year: 1993
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee
Awards: featured on NYT Book page
Summary: A lonely little boy hides in his bed because he does not like the night. One night he's alone in his house with all the lights on, when there's a knock at the window. A little girl named Dark shows up and tell him that when he switches off the light, he's switching ON the night. You switch on the crickets, the frogs, the stars, and the "white ice-cream moon." The imagery is lovely. Leo and Diane Dillon illustrated this book with gorgeous mysterious, surrealistic paintings that more than nod to the work of M.C. Escher.
Classroom Ideas: There is lovely descriptive language here along with alliterative elements ("parlors and pantries and cellars and cupboards and attics and alcoves and hollering in the halls"). The illustrations are just amazing.