The Night Library
The Night Library
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Annotation: Upset to learn that he will be getting a book for his birthday, an inquisitive boy is visited in his dreams by New York Public Library stone lions Patience and Fortitude, who whisk him away on a tour of the library and its wonders.
Catalog Number: #178406
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Colon, Raul,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-524-71798-3 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4057-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-524-71798-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4057-9
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
On the eve of his eighth birthday, a reluctant reader's parents gift him with a book. Disappointed, he falls asleep until awakened by a lion purring outside his window. It's New York Public Library's Fortitude, and he whisks the boy off to the 41st Street branch, where his partner, Patience, awaits. In the stacks, books and characters come alive, reminding the boy of stories he enjoyed with his grandfather as a smaller child. The author of Ninja Baby (2015) opts here for a pensive tone, well suited to this dream fantasy. Colón's mixed-media scratchboard-style art complements the wistful text as the characters roam from the Bronx to Manhattan and into the library's grand hall and children's room. Using a palette of earth tones highlighted in yellow and blue, Colón's art pays homage to this grand edifice as well as several children's classics (including The Polar Express) mentioned in the text. With marbled endpapers recalling Van Gogh's The Starry Night and an author's note filling in NYPL details, this should please bibliophiles of all ages.
Kirkus Reviews
A nighttime adventure and memories of reading with a grandfather remind a child of the pleasures to be found in books.On the night before turning 8, a child is given a book by their parents—a great disappointment. Surely they know their offspring prefers "toys, games, and movies." Then, in the middle of the night, an enormous lion out on the lawn beckons. Introductions are made as the child climbs on the lion's back. The lion's name is Fortitude, and they are on their way to meet Patience. Yes! The iconic lions that stand guard in front of the New York Public Library. At the library the books arrange themselves into all sorts of shapes that remind the child of books that Grandpa read aloud before he passed away. The child also finds books that are not familiar. With a reawakened interest in reading, that spurned birthday gift is now welcome. More than the story, the charm here is in Colón's always-beautiful artwork. The olive-skinned family is so real and the little child's face so full of expression. The amusing rearrangement of the books at the library is whimsical and captivating.After reading the book, follow up with a visit to the New York Public Library if possible—your local if not. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)
Publishers Weekly
Zeltser (Stinker) and Colón (Imagine!) contribute to the shelf of stories about the New York Public Library-s famous lions, Patience and Fortitude. A boy wakes in the middle of the night before his eighth birthday, disappointed at his parents- birthday present, a book: -My parents knew that I liked toys, games, and movies-not books.- He hears a -deep purring- outside, and a majestic marble lion appears outside his window and invites him to come and -meet Patience.- At the great library, the boy is greeted by flying books that take the shapes of picture book characters the boy recalls from readaloud sessions with his grandfather, whose death he still mourns. Handsome, clearly drafted drawings by Colón succeed in making the book formations recognizable as Peter Rabbit, the Cat in the Hat, and the Polar Express. Predictably, the dream rekindles the boy-s interest in reading. The first-person narration can sound more like an adult writer-s than a boy-s (-Fortitude turned and regarded me, eyes twinkling-), and extolling the value of books is a well-trod message, though Zeltser-s tale, and Colón-s renderings of the library-s magnificent rooms, may well prompt its neighbors to plan a visit. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 What better way to cure a lost love of books than with a magic ride through the library in the middle of the night? A young Latino boy goes to bed disappointed when he receives a book for his eighth birthday and soon falls into a restless sleep. Later that night, he is awakened by a giant lion who whisks him out of the Bronx and through Manhattan straight to the doors of the New York Public Library. The boy soon remembers where he's seen this lion before; it is Fortitude, who guards the doors of the library with his fellow lion, Patience. During his tour of the deserted library, our narrator watches books as they move, dance, and twirl through the stacks. He even recognizes some of his favorite storybook characters as they and the stories come to life. As he witnesses the wonder of books and the library, the boy tells Fortitude that he has stopped reading because of the loss of his grandfather; reading was their favorite thing to do together. He soon learns that books, and his special memories of his grandfather, have been there all alongand they always will be. Colón's gorgeous art paired with Zeltser's text creates a dreamy, magical world in this book about books. VERDICT Sure to inspire people of all ages to pick up a book and experience the magic that unfolds. Elizabeth Blake, Brooklyn Public Library
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD600L

The Polar Express meets The Night at the Museum in this fantastical picture-book adventure about the magic of books and libraries, perfect for book lovers of all ages!

After a young boy goes to sleep upset that he's getting a book for his birthday, he's visited in the night by Patience and Fortitude, the two stone lions who guard the New York Public Library. Soon, he's magically whisked away from his cozy home in the Bronx, and the two mighty lions show him the wonder of the library. There, the inquisitive Latino boy discovers the power of books and their role not only in his own life, but also in the lives of the people he loves.

Raul Colon's gorgeous, rich art creates an immersive world in this book about books, which is sure to capture the imaginations of kids and adults and inspire them to grab their library cards and dive into the worlds of stories.


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