As twilight arrives, the crepuscular creatures emerge.
In twilight’s “sun has just gone down light,” egrets “fly to roost” and swallows “skim above the fields,” while deer “come out to graze.” In twilight, bats “swoop and swerve” and rabbits hop and nibble. Leaving their dens, foxes “sniff out birds and voles” and firefly lights blink off and on. “The skunks slink over lawn,” the June bugs seek leaves to munch, and stretching cats prowl for mice. Thompson’s languorous, cadenced lines poetically capture the light-infused stillness of this special time of day by repeating both the word “light” at the ends of many phrases as well as the phrase “twilight the low light”; the design enhances the effect by carefully positioning the spare text on the page for maximum effectiveness. Betton’s realistic, double-page illustrations, in watercolor, pastel, and colored pencil, showcase animals, insects, and birds mentioned in the text in their native habitats, active and vibrant against the luminous lavenders, pinks, blues, and yellows of the twilight sky. A useful note “About Twilight” explains the period of low light “after sunset and before sunrise” when crepuscular animals are active, listing those visible in North America and featured in the text and in close-ups.
A lovely, lyrical visual and verbal exploration of the wonders of twilight. (Picture book. 4-7)