By: Linda Stanek
Illustrated by: Shennen Bersani
Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
Publication Date: September 2017
Reviewed by: Ellen Feld
The sun has gone to bed and it's now time for little ones to sleep too. But many animals, rather than going to bed, wake up and start their "day." In Night Creepers, readers will learn about many of these animals.
Written in short, rhyming sentences, Night Creepers introduces youngsters to the world of nocturnal animals. With wolves, opossums, skunks, and fireflies among the creatures featured, readers will get a broad sampling of nightlife. Every two-page spread has just one type of animal with a short (two or three words) sentence that simply explains its behavior. For example, the first four page spreads feature, in this order, red foxes, gray wolves, bats, and flying squirrels, and here is the text that accompanies those pages:
For older readers, there is a sidebar on each two-page spread with further information (two to three short paragraphs) on that animal. Award-winning illustrator Shennen Bersani has created some truly beautiful illustrations to bring the night animals to life. At the back of the book are several pages "For Creative Minds" - activities and information for further study. This additional information makes Night Creepers an excellent book for school projects on animal behavior. As well, it is also a lovely bedtime story with its short, rhyming text.
Quill says: A nice book to introduce young readers to the world of nocturnal animals.