Somewhere in the Southwest, as the children go to bed, the animals come out: crickets, bullfrogs, owls, raccoons, coyotes, and the armadillo--who can hold his breath and walk across the bottom of a stream, or swallow air and paddle. That's the most interesting tidbit here; otherwise, the actions of the nocturnal beasts in Banks' first book are fairly predictable. Hinder captures the creatures, the ambience, and the moonlight. muted forms in his sure, beautifully executed watercolors. Not essential, but useful for collections needing ""true"" books about animals for younger children.