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In the Night Garden

3.46  ·  Rating Details ·  54 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Late one evening, three little girls prowl, growl, and let their imaginations soar.

One is a bear with sharp, white teeth;
One is a whale, steady and strong;
One is a sled dog, sleek and lean.

Barbara Joosse’s exciting nighttime tale is perfectly enhanced by Elizabeth Sayles’s full-color illustrations.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Feb 22, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Three little girls, each pretending to be a different animal, spend some time playing in the night garden and then prepare for bed. Joose's text is lyrical and poetic and I like that she didn't try to force it into a rhyme scheme, but instead left the words loose and free. Elizabeth Sayles' illustrations, done in acrylics and pastels, are dreamy and soft. Dominated by blues, the illustrations effectively evoke twilight and night but still retain a sense of playfulness. The integration of the ani ...more
Girls pretending to be a dog, a bear, and a whale in a garden at night and then while getting ready for bed. It is a bit strange but it does feature a diverse group of girls and shows them not being princesses.
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Jun 27, 2016 Traci Bold rated it really liked it
Everyone is different in their own way. In this picture book by Barbara Joosse, three girls get ready for bed and their nighttime dreaming adventures in their own way.

Interesting story and beautiful illustrations.

Published by Henry Holt & Company.

#bedtime #dreams
Sep 29, 2008 Denise rated it liked it
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I think the illustrations are lovely, each girl is mirrored by the animal she pretends to be. I think this would be better read one-on-one rather than during storytime. I do think this makes for an imaginative bedtime story.
Aug 24, 2010 Megan rated it really liked it
Three girls pretend to be different animals as they play and get ready for bed. Lyrical text and soft pictures make this a great bedtime story.
Three young girls use their imaginations to become other animals and to fly "In the Night Garden" (2008). A bedtime story young grade-schoolers will enjoy.
May 17, 2009 Roy rated it really liked it
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The illustrations in this darling book about imagination and friendship are wonderful, and its gentle prose is perfect for winding down to go to sleep.
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Barbara Joosse has written many books for children. Among them are Mama, Do You Love Me?, illustrated by Barbara Lavallee; and I Love You the Purplest, illustrated by Mary Whyte. She says, "When I was a little girl, I wished for two things — a best friend, and something so ferocious it would scare away the monsters under my bed. And so I have written Lovabye Dragon. I think maybe it’s for little m ...more
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