Animals That Swoop, Crawl, and Creep while You Sleep
by Rebecca E. Hirsch
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 07 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2021
Lerner Publishing Group, Millbrook Press ™
As the sun sets, night creatures awaken. In their rural backyard, a parent and child camp out, watching as fireflies flicker, bats flap, and rabbits race. Atmospheric illustrations bring the nocturnal world to life in this lyrical and informative picture book.
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Average rating from 45 members
What a great bedtime story! I liked that not only are the illustrations beautiful, but they also have the soft, muted, dreamy quality found in so many bedtime books. The words in the book were gentle and had a light quality.
This was a wonderful book with stunning illustrations. My 3 and 5 year olds were both engaged by the story and loved the illustrations. We also really enjoyed the pages at the end with more information about each night creature. I would definitely recommend this book!
Night Creatures is such a lovely little book. It has absolutely gorgeous illustrations and nice flowing language. There is even a section in the back with some interesting facts about the night creatures featured in the book. I think the print version of this book would make a stunning children's gift and would be the perfect relaxing bedtime story to read aloud together.
This was a great Informational book for kids! It teaches you about night creatures, and what they do when we’re asleep! The wording was easy to read, and the illustrations were wonderful.
This is a great work for young readers. It reminds me of books that I would've seen in my elementary school classroom so many years ago. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. That means that it's educational, valuable for readers. It still offers some novelty in that it has excellent illustrations, great ratio of info-pics, and good resources at the end. Loved it.
Outdoors, a summer night, and all the animals that come out to play when the rest of us are sleeping. Artfully drawn illustrations and in some places so detailed the look like photos. A mother and child celebrate the night and the sounds around them as they camp in the backyard. This is a carefree book and full of joy. I appreciate that the characters aren't white and show the diversity of experience people of color live. This would be a great book to share in storytime and bring in interaction. There are a lot of elements to talk about on the page and the simple text invites the reader to slow down and ask questions. A great book for narrative building, vocabulary and dialogic reading. This book is a must have for library shelves.
This was a really sweet story, I enjoyed the light text and detailed illustrations. It's definitely for a younger audience but I appreciated the more scientific descriptions of the real night creatures at the end of the book.
A wonderful book about the animals that come out at night. The follows a Mom and her son as they say in a tent for the night to see all the animals that come out at different times during the evening, night and morning hours. Such a very informative book for kids of all ages. I highly recommend it. Beautiful Illustrations that I loved. Thanks to #Netgalley for the advanced reader copy.
What a beautiful book. I really loved the illustrations, so much detail and really magical. The idea of camping just outside the family home is so relatable, in fact we have done just that on many occasions. It was so interesting seeing a lot of animals that we don't have here in Australia, I'm not sure if I'd be as keen to sleep outside I'd I knew a bobcat or a skunk were on the prowl. Although the illustration of the baby skunks was so sweet. The story flowed really well and was a great length to keep the kids interest. I really appreciated the extra information about the animals in the back of the book. I knew that nocturnal animals were a thing but I had never heard of crepuscular or diurnal. Overall a really great book, I'll be requesting it for our library.
This was a great picture book for bedtime or story time. The illustrations were excellent. They made the nighttime come alive and the slight variations between dusk and dawn were beautiful. The story was simply entertaining but the educational information at the end would allow you to dive in further. A perfect book to add to your collection!
A wonderful story to read to my toddlers. The pictures are colorful and easy for them to understand. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a gifted copy. This is my honest review.
My 5yo is a big fan of animals, so we picked up this book to read together. Though this is a very short book, it details the sorts of animals, and the sights and sounds you might see camping in your backyard. I thought it had a peaceful vibe and I thought the illustrations were detailed and lovely—really capturing the night's essence. My only nitpick would be that there isn't a whole lot of narrative content in this short picture book (except for the informational details at the end), so it might be more suited to the 2-4yo crowd. In the end, my 5yo said he didn't really like it because he didn't like night creatures... so take that however you will, but I would still recommend this book to young children learning about the wildlife in their own backyard. (4.5/5)
Night Creatures by Rebecca E. Hirsch is a lyrical picture book that celebrates the wonderful and mysterious world of nature that wakens after dark. Children often wonder what happens after they go to bed, and this beautiful book helps answer some of their questions. Great for STEM reading and curious kids. Perfect for a bedtime read! The illustrations bring the information to life. One of the best features is the additional back matter with fun facts about the various nocturnal animals from the story. I'm so glad I've been introduced to this delightful book.
A winning combination of descriptive, poetic text and intriguing illustrations of night creatures being observed by a mother and child make this book a pleasure to read. Informative back matter is also a plus. A wonderful book for reading and sharing.
I loved this story and think it would be great for bedtime! There could also be some fun ways to set up a classroom before reading this story. I think young kids would love to read about and hear what the creatures of the night do while we are all fast asleep. The illustrations are beautiful and have that nighttime glow about them. The additional information about the creatures at the end is a wonderful starting point to complete a mini-research project. I will be finding a way to incorporate this into my personal library and curriculum in my district.
As a wildlife biologist, I am always searching for children's nonfiction books about wildlife. Night Creatures takes children on a backyard adventure to discover a variety of wildlife that only come out at night. Rebecca Hirsch gives solid factual information in a fun and enlightening way. The writing I found to be engaging for children and allows for questions about wildlife. For example, firefly populations are slowly decreasing, and exposing children to these wonderous insects is perfectly done. The illustrations by Sonia Possentini beautifully depict the scenes and the wildlife around Hirsch's story.
In Night Creatures, author Hirsch and illustrator Possentini beautifully present information about animals while evoking a feeling of being outdoors on a summer night. The text uses sensory details to accomplish this—the touch of “a cool night breeze,” the sound of a green frog calling “gaLUNG!” The illustrations move between landscapes and close-ups, showing fine details such as owl feathers, bobcat fur, and bat wings. Action occurs as animals hunt and flee. The story closes with daybreak, providing a sense of peace and quiet anticipation. Back matter gives more information about each night creature in a readable format.