NIGHT CARS by Teddy Jam


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Jam commemorates a night he spent with a sleepless two-year-old who was amused by the activity in the city street below; his deliberately choppy, poetic text certainly evokes the experience of drifting off to sleep and being repeatedly awakened by outside noise or inner chemistry (""Baby wakes his father up/Wants to see the night car truck/Slow snow falling deep/Cars dogs babies sleep""). The text appears in the white space below Beddows' broad, richly toned double spreads; the night light, snow, and second-floor vantage point (though the elevation does seem to vary) add interest to such normally beguiling details as trucks and fire engines. The baby sleeps and wakes in the margin, as if the illustration proper were his window. A good idea, attractively worked out.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1989
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard/Watts