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Night Light

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  737 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Count the nighttime lights on a train, a helicopter, a fire truck, and seven more vehicles in this bold picture book with die-cut surprises.

1 light, shining bright? A train!
7 lights, flashing red and white? A fire truck!

And so on all the way to ten lights. Part guessing game, part counting book, NIGHT LIGHT is a boldly imagined book for the preschool child who loves cars,
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 28th 2013 by Orchard Books
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Brandy Painter
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
My son LOVES this book. The way the illustrations are cut to show the lights shining in the dark, and then when you flip the page the dark spots on the light scene are so much fun. He loves counting the lights, and then the dark spots.

It is REALLY annoying thought that the last illustration is actually on the end page so the slip cover is over half of it. Makes it hard to appreciate that last WONDERFUL illustration, particularly if its a library copy and you can't move it out of the way.
Dec 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Nice graphic design and clever die cuts. My son's favorite subject: vehicles.
Design flaw: The last page is also the back cover,which you have to take the book jacket off to see ...and of course, if it's a library book, you can't really do that.
What a cool concept. My son loves this book! I appreciate the creativity of the illustrations even though the style isn't a personal favorite. ...more
Mama Bibliosoph
Night Light is a counting book about vehicles that incorporates a clever die cut technique. Each number is introduced by a guess-the-vehicle introduction on a two-page, all-black spread.

1 LIGHT, SHINING BRIGHT? the first page asks. The right-facing page has a small circular hole that reveals a white color. Turn the page and we see that it's the headlamp of a train bursting out of a tunnel! As the book progresses, the number of die cut "lights" goes up and the little holes appear in all different
Jo Oehrlein
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: math, picture-books
A counting book from 1 to 10.

The illustrations are bright graphics. The things you count are lights -- they show through as lights of various colors through page cutouts on a black page to the next page.

Each number is two 2-page spreads.

1st 2 page spread (black background)
left page -- 1 LIGHT, SHINING BRIGHT?
right page -- one hole showing through to next page as white

2nd 2 page spread
large graphic of a train
words: TRAIN
Abby Hargreaves
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cutouts make images of lights next to descriptions of the light images, prompting the audience to guess what might have lights situated as depicted. The following page reveals the object with the lights (taxi, tugboat, school bus, etc.) with related context for further discussion. Language is simple while also introducing new words. Text is large, but potentially difficult to read at a distance, detracting from storytime possibilities.
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-choice-5
Night Light is a book geared more towards younger children who are just beginning to read. The book gives a small preview of what the lights are for on the next page counting one through ten. This book can make for a fun guessing game with young children but it can also teach them of many service and utility vehicles around the city.
Eliot Reads
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A counting (up to 10) book that is also a guessing game! Small circle die-cuts appear to let light(s) peak through each blackened page as you attempt to guess the vehicle before flipping the page to the reveal.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
My little one really enjoy this book. She wanted to read it over and over. It's a very simple book, perfect for young toddlers. My only complaint is the inconsistent size of the dots/lights made them hard to count sometimes. ...more
Jenn Adams
Good concept book for numbers/counting, with high interest theme of vehicles.
Each page is a number with a short description with a dark page with respective number holes.
When you flip the page, you see a vehicle with that number of lights.
Kids love to count the lights and you can even have them guess/recall what vehicle it will be.

One thing others have mentioned as well: can confirm that in a library book the last page is tough because of the attached slipcover.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Informational Nonfiction

I really enjoyed this book because you can guess what vehicle the author is talking about, and see the results on the next page. I used this book in a pre-school classroom and the kids loved it. They were so anxious to see if their prediction was right. I also also like this because young children can "read" this book on their own just by looking at the pictures. A great book to include when learning about vehicles and transportation.
Glenn Hoban
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a clever book to help children think abstractly and practice counting and guessing! Essential to any transportation theme in a young child's school. ...more
Great concept, great execution. Kids who love bug trucks will eat this one up.
It's simple and the brightly colored pages offsest the black pages. The black pages have cut-outs where lights from something on the next page shine through. ...more
Alyssa Gudenburr
I loved this book! Children liked guessing what vehicle was based on the lights. The illustrations included cut outs and high contrast colors. A great storytime read aloud that includes counting.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Numbers, vehicles, pages with peek-a-boo holes. Basically perfect for my 2yo son.
Syntha Green
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
Perfect for storytime (counting too)
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Guess the picture book that also includes counting. Kids who love automobiles will especially love this book. Great for toddlers thru kindergarten-age children.
Goshen PL Childrens
Read at Storytime November 7, 2018
Theme: Counting
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Clever designed, and a trick on the last page.
Victoria Garcia
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: informational
Great book to show kids numbers and also a good interactive book.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Clean lines, bright colors. Fun read.
Victoria Hanley
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: story-time
Fun guessing what the vehicle will be.
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642, counting
Assignment: Picture Book Project
Category: Picture Book Soak – Book that caught my attention
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Review: Lights, bold colors, simple illustrations, and vehicles invite the reader to explore what illuminates the city. As you count with the book, it encourages you to guess what vehicle is described before turning to the next page. Children that love a variety of vehicles will enjoy counting and guessing as they read the book.

This book caught my attention because of the
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Night Light by Nicholas Blechman is a rhyming die-cut volume featuring vehicles with their nighttime lights that is part guessing game (1 to 10), and part counting book. Every other two page spread has a question about the number of vehicle lights in the die cut holes on the opposite page. Readers and listeners can count the lights through die-cut pages and guess which vehicle they belong to before the page is turned.

A variety of vehicles are shown, mostly construction or road vehicles, but inc
Carolyn Hart
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Night Light is a picture book my boys would have loved! Bright, colorful computer-generated illustrations include a zooming train, a hovering helicopter, a shiny taxi, a chugging tugboat, a hard-working loader and a gleaming firetruck. All have lights that shine in the dark. Youngsters will enjoy counting the lights, hearing clues and then speculating on what vehicle’s lights are glowing through the die cuts. As well, they will enjoy looking at the flip side of the die cuts and how Blechman inco ...more
Rosemary Sullivan
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A fabulous book for kids! Night Light is a great bed time story book that features great illustrations, counting from 1 to 10, and a guessing game. Featured on each page are vehicle lights. Those lights start at one and go up to ten the further you get into the story. With each turn of the page, readers are given easy clues, and a set number of light to help guess what kind of vehicle the lights go to. When each paged is turned, readers discover what vehicle the lights on the previous page are f ...more
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Count from one to ten in this picture book all about lights at night. The book begins with a black page and just one light shining through from a die cut to the page beyond. Turn the page and you see that one light is a train. Keep turning and you start counting more and more lights, each attached to a different vehicle. Some of the pages have clues so that you can guess what sort of vehicle it is. This is a book perfect for small children to start to count and ideal for children who love trucks ...more
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for kids to use their imagination and guessing ability coupled with their counting too. As you go through a city at night identifying what has 2 lights on it up through 9 lights on it you read a question to it then the kids guess what it might be before you turn the page. The last page reverts back to one light which is the young man's night light in his room where all the automobiles used in the beginning of the book are his toys in his room.

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Nicholas Blechman is an internationally recognized illustrator, designer, and art director. His award-winning illustrations have appeared in GQ, Travel + Leisure, Wired, and the New Yorker. He is currently the art director of the New York Times Book Review.

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