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How to Make a Night

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Have you had a bad day?

Have things been zooming out of control from the moment you set your feet on the floor this morning?

Are you ready for the day to be over?

No problem! Just follow these instructions on how to make a night:

Find a rope. Make a loop.Let it loose in space.Catch the sun. Pull it down. Find a safe, dark place.

Peel the blue from the sky.Squirt some dye in a s
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Published September 21st 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Paula
Jan 11, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it

After a hectic day, it is time to bring on the night so that a child and her family can finally rest. Annotation. Have you had a bad day? Have things been zooming out of control from the moment you set your feet on the floor this morning? Are you ready for the day to be over? No problem! Just follow these instructions on how to make a night: Find a rope. Make a loop. Let it loose in space. Catch the sun. Pull it down. Find a safe, dark place. Peel the blue from the sky. Squirt some dye in a sink
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Andrew Schoenfelder
The hard cover of this book provides a solid structure as well as bright attractive colors. On the inside of the cover and the first piece of end paper, the author placed images of different objects that would be in the story. This will help children start predicting and get their brains working. The title page is very bright and inviting. She placed a dedication page with small, fancy text. The text throughout the story are big, bold, black letters that are placed in different spots of the page ...more
Linda
Jul 07, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
This is an extraordinarily imaginative “goodnight” book in rhyme showing all the things that one needs to do before night can arrive. First, one must begin to clean up the messes, presumable made during the day, like Sneaker’s in the creek and Cat spilled the juice. Linda moves on to the whimsy where one hears: clear the clouds from the sky/with a big wet mop and lassoing the sun to put it into a dark and safe place. Aside from the funny story line, Tusa uses a variety of art to illustrate, some ...more
Becky
Jul 28, 2008 Becky rated it did not like it
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After a hectic, messy day, a kid actually constructs the nighttime -- sticking the sun in a pocket, splattering gold stars across the darkened sky. I couldn't help but think, "If the kid has the ability to create a calm, beautiful night, why can't the kid do something about the crazy day the family had?"

So the idea of "making" night doesn't really work, nor are the text and illustrations good or charming enough to make up for the limping concept.
Skye Kilaen
Mar 30, 2015 Skye Kilaen rated it really liked it
When I found this book at our local used bookstore, I was so taken with the art.. but I couldn't get Boy Detective to care. So I bought it later for myself. Now he really likes it! It's a mix of drawing and collage, with a pleasant rhyme scheme that doesn't get too sing-song. If you've ever had a bad day and you just need to get everything squared away and get some sleep, this is a book for you.
Amanda Larson
Feb 18, 2015 Amanda Larson rated it it was ok
The family dynamic was a bit odd, but the story has a unique, fun concept and nice narrative flow. The illustrations at the beginning and end of the book are lovely. What I'm not fond of is the mid-book switch to a rather strange collage style that I don't understand the reasoning for on either a story or art level.
Susan
Sep 02, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
A fresh look at how to turn day to night - with a great rhythmic text and vibrant, whimsical illustrations.
Erin
Dec 05, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book but didn't. There was too much intro that didn't have anything to do with the story.
Ms Threlkeld
Jul 20, 2015 Ms Threlkeld rated it liked it
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On the fence about this book. I liked the rhythm of the text, but was thrown off by the shift in illustrative style.
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Lydia
Mar 04, 2015 Lydia rated it did not like it
WEIRD
Jessica
Apr 13, 2010 Jessica rated it it was ok
Interesting concept and pictures. Not a traditional story

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Linda Ashman's children's books have been named to the "best of the year" lists of the New York Times, Parenting Magazine, Child Magazine, New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the IRA/CBC and more. She is also the author of The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books .

Linda lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her husband, Jack Hicks, their son Jackson, and
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