NIGHT SOUNDS, MORNING COLORS by Rosemary Wells

NIGHT SOUNDS, MORNING COLORS

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Age Range: 2 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Wells (Lucy Comes to Stay, p. 853, etc.) and McPhail combine on four evocations--waking, night, in the kitchen, a winter walk- -each of which is sometimes startlingly bang-on and, at other times, reaches way too far. Wells has a gentle, lilting style that can be sweet, but is prey to going sticky: A dog's belly is ``softer than sleep''; a chocolate sauce ``sounds sleepy.'' Then she will summon a winter day with real flair--donning a wool sweater, holding a sharp icicle, exploring the dark pine woods; you can feel the bite of cold. Truly extraordinary, allowing even the textual excesses a reprieve, are McPhail's paintings--moody, atmospheric concoctions with brush strokes laid on like thatchwork, lightened here and there by an acrylic flash of brightness. It is a mystery why the schlock was allowed to mingle with all the good stuff this book has to offer. (Fiction/Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-8037-1301-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1994




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