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Red Sky at Night

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  212 ratings  ·  81 reviews
A memorable collection of weather sayings, beautifully arranged in story form and illustrated by renowned paper artist Elly MacKay.

Red sky at night, sailor's delight. And, the next morning, when the dew is on the grass, no rain will come to pass. These are the perfect conditions for a grandfather to take his grandchildren out on a fishing trip. Especially since, as the say
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2018 by Tundra Books
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[Shai] Bibliophage
I was really astonished by the weather aphorisms in this children's book written and illustrated by Elly MacKay. Also, I like how the author presented this through a narrative form that makes it very entertaining to read.
Red Sky At Night
At the end of the book, there's a compilation of all the weather sayings and the explanation if they are true or not. Even though that this is meant for young readers, I learned a lot from reading this and was delighted at the same time.
Red Sky At Night
Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob)
This book is good for selected audiences. It is a beautiful picture book featuring various weather sayings, such as "Red sky in morning, shepherds take warning." There isn't a plot and there aren't characters that you follow through the book. There is a saying and illustration to match the saying. At the end of the book, there is some information on how true the sayings are and why they are or why they aren't helpful.

It is probably excellent for kids who enjoy weather but aren't quite ready for
Laura (Book Scrounger)
I was immediately attracted to the beautiful cover art on Red Sky at Night. The colors are so soft, complement each other well, and seem filled with light. The human characters in the illustrations appear to be paper cut-outs, so I took a look at author/artist Elly MacKay's website to see what she shares about her artistic process. There she provides some examples of the "layers" that she builds in a theater setting to create her images -- so cool!

The text of this book is comprised of "weather s
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This book is comprised of "weather sayings," some of which we have probably all heard before and others that I had never heard of. If you follow the illustrations they tell a story of a grandfather taking his grandchildren fishing. The illustrations were the best part of the book for me. They were done paper artist, Elly McKay. They were beautiful scenes and look three dimensional. The colours are soft and the illustrations are large. You can look at each page for quite awhile to see everything ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
How many sayings do you know about the weather? The only ones I knew, in this book were:
Red Sky at Morning,
Sailers take warning
Red Sky at Night
Sailers delight.

And although I did not know this saying
If seabirds fly to land
There truly is a storm at hand

I was aware of this weather phenomenon, and have mentioned it many times in the past.

The illustrations are paper craft, and gorgeous, and each of the sayings, are explained at the end of the book, where it explains what each saying means, and why i
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Long ago, here and far away, people looked for clues in nature to predict the weather. They learn from experience by watching the shapes of clouds or noticing the behavior of animals. This wisdom was passed down through sayings like the ones in this book."
Poetic, entertaining and GORGEOUSLY illustrated, this book will definitely become a favorite for me and my children. This book is perfect for young readers. And the fact that it has old folklore mixed with Mother Goose like rhymes is perfect f
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The art in this book is amazing! I love paper art to begin with, but the use of light around and behind some of the paper is really unique. The story of 2 children and their grandfather going on a camping trip is told through weather adages like, "Red sky at night, sailor's delight." The simple, rhyming text and the soothing, beautiful pictures make this excellent for young and older audiences.

Good for preschool and toddler storytimes.
Engel Dreizehn
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
ARC COPY...immensely narrative about nature, and the weather along with the cultural sayings that come with it. I was immensely impressed the illustrations were literally hand's all what looks like paper-craft. It gave a "solid" feel you it like I can almost touch the illustrations and was immersed in it.
Luisa Knight
Full of fun pictures and sayings about the weather.

Ages: 4 - 8

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Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, children
Review based on ARC (Advanced Review Copy received for free in exchange for an honest review).

What a beautiful book. The pictures were gorgeous. and I was even more impressed once I learned how the artist put them together! The words part of the book were fine. They are sayings that are matched with the pictures, and some of them are sweet and others informative. There is a little additional information on them provided later in the book as well. Although it was less "story" than I normally like
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully illustrated book that showcases weather sayings, only a few of which I had heard before!

Some new and interesting ones:

When the dew is on the grass, no rain shall come to pass.

When the mist creeps up the hill, fishers, it's time to try your skill.

No weather is ill if the wind is still.

When ladybugs swarm, expect a day that's warm.

When the wind is from the West, then the fishes bite the best.

Wind from the East is neither good for man nor beast.

If seabirds fly to land, there truly is
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have collected folk sayings for years and have passed many on to my daughter and children I've worked with down the years. This is a lovely book of sayings that are going to get lost if they aren't passed on, so yes, buy a copy for the kids (all ages!) and pass them on!
I actually have a hard copy on my desk this morning and wanted to say the illustrations are lovely! As a cat lover I also love the inclusion of cat and kittens throughout the book! Super Cute!
I received Kindle copy from Netgalle
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful children's book to look through and read the weather predictions that are quoted on the pages. The illustrations portray the folklore that is expressed on each page. What I found fascinating with the illustrations are, the use of layers that accompany some of the illustrations.

For the prediction:
"When the wind is from the West,
then the fishes bite the best."
There is a red sailboat with an adult and two smaller individuals on the water. A heron is floating nearby. There ar
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Written in rhyme, this book is a collection of "weather predictions" some of which I heard my mother say to me and some which were totally unfamiliar which is a good thing because I learned something new. You are never too old to learn brand new things I always say.

Here are a few that are included:

"Red sky at night, a sailor's delight."

"When the dew is on the grass, no rain will come to pass."

"No weather is ill if the wind be still."

"Yellow streaks in a sunset sky, wind and daylong rain are ni
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A series of weather-related sayings form the words in this book while also telling the story of a family heading out on a fishing trip for the day. The book begins with sayings like “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight” and “When the dew is on the grass, no rain will come to pass.” They indicate that it’s a great day to head out to fish and camp, so a grandfather takes his grandchildren out. There are sayings about sunset, about the moon, about rain. The next day on their way home though, the wea ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I received a free digital copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

What an interesting and informative kid's book! Red Sky at Night is full of weather "sayings" created thoughout the years when people did not have means to predict the weather with technology. I was surprised. My parents, especially my dad who grew up in a very agricultural area, still use some of these sayings. When the mist creeps up the hill, fishers it's time to test your skill. Reading that brought
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This short picture book has handicapped itself by being the story of an old man and two children going on an overnight fishing trip, told entirely in illustration and old wives' sayings about the weather. And it really has worked to overcome that handicap very well indeed. It's a simple warm drama, as everyone enjoys camping overnight and they beat the weather back to base with some fresh fish and fresh memories, and we're left with the sayings and adages themselves to pore over on a more scient ...more
Even though Red Sky at Night has no written "story", the illustrations do depict the activities of one family who experience the different types of weather described by the sayings. These progress from days of generally fair weather, to those of foul too. In the back MacKay explains the meanings of these idioms in more detail, but all of them are easily understood and remembered anyways because of the illustrations, simple vocabulary, and rhyme. Also, as the author admits, she altered the wordin ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations by Elly MacKay are stunning and appreciated even more so when you learn that her drawings are miniature worlds from cut-paper created inside a paper theatre. Her cut-out drawings are placed in dioramas, lit and photographed giving a three-dimensional theatrical effect to the page. Paired with traditional folk aphorisms about the weather the narrative follows a boy and a girl and an older adult (presumably a grandfather) as they go sailing, fishing, relaxing and camping and head ...more
Richelle Zirkle
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The illustrations are beautiful! I honestly can't say enough about them. The weather saying are rhymes inherently, which makes them more appealing to younger readers. If you have an elementary age child, they can enjoy the book and gorgeous illustrations and then can benefit from the weather wisdom section at the end of the book where the saying are explained in further depth and either affirmed or refuted. I would say this is worth buying as a personal title for the illustrations alone, but I w ...more
Andrea Lorenz
People who know me well will recognize why I picked this up. I love weather related sayings, especially "Red at night, sailor's delight, red in the morning, sailors take warning!" Elly MacKay's book is full of different weather related sayings, while also telling a story about two children, their grandfather and a fishing trip. The book itself is gorgeous: marbled end pages, paper and ink pictures set up in a photo theatre to create stunning three dimensional illustrations. I love that all the o ...more
Jenny Houle
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for an unbiased opinion.

RED SKY AT NIGHT takes a look at all of the weather sayings people learn as children, such as "Red sky at night, sailors delight." I really liked the illustrations in the book, but my favorite part was that at the end, there's a section that breaks down the truth in each saying, by saying which are "true", which are "usually true", which are "questionable", and which are "true (but only in temperate zones)", as well as gi
Sandy Brehl
I knew many of the weather-predicting adages used in assembling this story, but there were several new to me, which was a delight.
I'm in awe of the conceptual process that took such familiar and mundane sayings and constructed a visual narrative that positively glows with emotional, illustration depth, and nuanced suspense. The simple map offered in opening pages signals readers to "read" that story while appreciating the generations of experience that are the sources of such weather folklore.
Rachel McKitterick
*thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Random House Canada for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

5 stars.
I loved this book! The illustrations are simply gorgeous! All of these weather sayings are very good. It's not often that I read an ebook and want to actually buy it in paperback or hardcover, but this one was so good that I will. It's one of those that you can treasure and pass down your family line as none of these sayings can get it dated. All age groups will enjoy this. It
Elly MacKay brings her gorgeous art and historical research to share various weather wisdom from folklore. There is a source list and added information about the truth of each saying. I know some of these, like "red sky in the morning, sailor take warning" but others are new to me, like "When the wind is in the West, then the fishes bite the best." Most have to do with observations of course, of water, wind, and sky. For those studying weather or the sky, observing what happens each day, it wil ...more
Samantha Fraenkel
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, picture-book
This is a lovely book. The illustrations are stunning, I just love Elly Mackay's work. I also think that this is a really neat concept for a picture book. I remember learning some of these weather related phrases as a kid but I had never heard of many of them. Loved the inclusion of the history, and accuracy, behind the phrases. A great addition to any child's library!

ARC Provided by NetGalley
Elly MacKay's unique illustrations are photographs of paper dioramas, and they seem to truly glow. In this book, a family's day out fishing forms a loose visual story behind a compilation of weather expressions (such as "red sky at night, sailor's delight"). A note at the end unpacks these expressions and whether they are true. The rhythm of some of the expressions is awkward, but I think that's how they are.
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Gorgeous illustrations, fun folklore about how to predict the weather, and kitties scattered throughout the pages!

What drew me to this picture book was the artwork which is stunning, but I also learned something new. I love the added part in the back where the author goes through each weather myth and explains whether they are true or not!
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-booklist
Another beautifully illustrated book. This was pretty cool because of the weather sayings. The author explained them all in the end. My mom has always said, “red skies at night, sailors delight,” and its counterpart, “red sky in the morning, sailors take warning.” Those were the only two I knew of. Now I know more!
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elly MacKay's light-box illustrations illuminate this picture book about weather proverbs. A grandpa and his 2 grandkids delight in the countryside summer, boating, exploring while living out the weather proverbs like:

The more rain, the more rest
Fair weather's not always best.

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I’m Elly MacKay, a.k.a Theater Clouds. I live in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada with my husband Simon and little ones, Lily and Koen. I live a short drive from where I grew up – in an old church in Big Bay. I am an artist, making scenes using paper, light and photography. I refer to it as paper theater, lightbox illustrations or illuminated papercraft… It has been several years, but I am still workin ...more