If You Were Night

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Title: If You Were Night

Writer: Mượn Thị Văn , illustrated by Kelly Pousette

Publishing House: Kids Can Press

Date of Publication: September 1st 2020

Rating: 5 stars

‘’If you saw the moon

Tiptoe 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 frightening…) about the world at night. When everything goes silent and we are all in our beds, trying to let our minds rest from the troubles of the day. But this is the mind of us adults who have forgotten to search deeper, who take everything for granted. What about our children? What do they think about the nightly world? Many of them fear it. What we must do is help them understand that the world isn’t exactly still and enclosed in absolute silence when the sun goes to sleep. On the contrary, there is a wild dance of life in nature, once the stars appear…

Narrated in ethereal rhymes and illustrated with Kelly Pousette’s dreamy paper-cut dioramas against the dark, nightly sky, this is the story of a child who decides to explore the world at night. Badgers, owls, frogs, otters, coyotes escort the excited child to a journey through a world that is wide awake under the light of the moon.

This is indeed a story stitched by starlight and daylight… 

‘’If you were night

And you saw an owl swoop from a brunch,

Would you hide behind a shadow?

Or would you join

The thrilling hunt, too?’’

‘’If you were night

And all around was quiet

And all around was growing bright,

Would you stay up to taste

A drop of morning dew?

Or would you close your tired eyes

And let the lightness carry you, too?’’

*Read about Kelly Pousette’s vision here:https://www.cbc.ca/arts/kelly-pousette-had-a-fear-of-the-forest-but-her-paper-cut-dioramas-helped-her-find-joy-in-the-wild-1.5433366 *

Many thanks to Kids Can Press and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.