The wonder of nighttime comes to life in this breathtaking debut
When the Insomniacs move twelve time zones away for Mrs. Insomniac's new job, the family has an impossible time adapting to the change. They try everything to fall asleep at night--take hot baths, count to one thousand, sip mugs of milk--but nothing helps. Venturing out into the dark, they learn there is a whole world still awake and a beauty in their new and unconventional schedule.
Ideal for bedtime reading, this gorgeous and lyrical story celebrates nighttime's mystery and magic.
Future fans of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean will thrill to this after-dark debut from Wolf, with shadowy illustrations by Ben and Sean Hilts. After a move across twelve time zones to a new residence, the Insomniac family Mother, Father, and daughter Mika cannot sleep. Porcelain-skinned and spindly-limbed, the doll-like Insomniacs droop in blazing sunlight and only feel alert at night. When they hoist glowing lanterns to explore a moonlit winter forest, undaunted by forbidding silhouettes and reflecting animal eyes, they realize the darkness was full of life. The three embrace sleeplessness, waking at dusk for a breakfast of nightshade vegetables and being first to the bakery, where the dough rose with the sun. The Hilts grainy illustrations allow for the eerie (chiroptophobes, beware the cave images when the family happens upon a horde of mice hanging upside down ), and the dim ambience challenges human eyesight, yet their inky pared-down palette is enticing. Where most picture books say goodnight, this unusual entry gives the go-ahead to stay up late. Ages 3 5.