When their storybooks disappear, two siblings set out to find the thief, meeting friends along the way.
Bedtime for white siblings Evan and Mila means sharing a good book before settling down to sleep. But choosing their story won’t be easy when they discover their bookshelves are bare. After seeing a trail of scattered books outside, the children “climbed out the window and followed the trail, / Bringing their wagon to collect every tale.” Told in rhyme as a cumulative story, this appealing debut picture book by Groberman and Solomon follows Evan and Mila on their quest. The siblings find their volumes in the clutches of animals—including a raccoon, a bear, and a snake—who turn out to be book-loving opportunists, not bandits. Each furred, feathered, and scaly character the children encounter joins in the search for the rest of the missing books until they locate the culprit (whose identity is a comic surprise). The message—that books are treasures and reading is fun that can be shared—comes through clearly in the simple, pleasantly rhythmic text and Solomon’s vivid, cartoon-style illustrations, superimposed over Groberman’s original photographs of night skies, fields, lakes, and forest. The authors are partners in a company specializing in children’s wall murals and prints.
A charming celebration of reading told through rhyming text and an atmospheric mix of photos and colorful illustrations.