The Night Library (Hardcover)

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By David Zeltser, Raul Colón (Illustrator)
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PICTURE BOOK

Books, libraries, and Patience and Fortitude, the stone lions in front of the NYC Public Library’s main branch: this stunning picture book has them all. A young boy is disappointed to receive a book for his birthday; he prefers toys and games. That night he’s awakened by deep purring beneath his window. It’s Fortitude, who whisks him away to the library. The books there remind him of stories his late grandfather read to him, and they magically form an image of the old man. The boy’s love of books returns before Patience carries him home. The last spread, which I won’t spoil, will elicit a shiver, tears, or both.

-Banna

— From Banna's New Recs

Books, libraries, and Patience and Fortitude, the stone lions in front of the NYC Public Library’s main branch: this stunning picture book has them all. A young boy is disappointed to receive a book for his birthday; he prefers toys and games. That night he’s awakened by deep purring beneath his window. It’s Fortitude, who whisks him away to the library. The books there remind him of stories his late grandfather read to him, and they magically form an image of the old man. The boy’s love of books returns before Patience carries him home. The last spread, which I won’t spoil, will elicit a shiver, tears, or both.

-Banna

— From Books for Young Readers

Description


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.

About the Author


DAVID ZELTSER emigrated with his family from the former Soviet Union at age five. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in physics, he was admitted to vet school to study wildlife medicine, but ultimately came back to his first love--storytelling. David and his friend Julia Chiapella cofounded the Santa Cruz Young Writers Program's tutoring and writing center at the Museum of Art & History. He lives in Santa Cruz, California, with his wife, Fiona; their daughter, Naomi; and their dog, Ella.

RAUL COLON is the illustrator of numerous highly acclaimed children's books, including Tomas and the Library Lady and Dona Flor, and has received Gold and Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators.

Praise For…


 

  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.
-School Library Journal





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 toManhattan and into the library's grand hall and children's room. ... this should please bibliophiles of all ages.
-Booklist
 
 
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524717988
ISBN-10: 1524717983
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
Pages: 40
Language: English