Light Up the Night

These are my galaxy stars so bright – they light up the heavens late at night, in my own little piece of the universe.

A cumulative verse celebrating earth, space and a kid’s sense of place.

Picture Book, Ages 4-8, Disney Hyperion
ISBN-13: 978-1423120247 (Hardcover), 978-0545663496 (Scholastic Softcover)

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Winner of the Colorado Book Award!

Selected for Scholastic Knowledge Quest Read Aloud Collection.

“The coziest of quilts becomes a rocket ship in this gorgeous, mesmerizingly rhythmic read-aloud that explores a boy’s small place in a vast world … The soothing rhythms and comforting refrain are just right for very young ears, and the geographical terms will stretch young minds … The richly textured mixed-media artwork—incorporating various printmaking techniques and what looks like cut-paper collage—offers many clever self-referential moments and something new to discover with each reading. A dreamy-yet-instructive ode to the universe.” 

Kirkus Starred Review

“A boy celebrates his place in the world in Reidy’s (Too Pickley!) soothing bedtime story … Caldecott Honor artist Chodos-Irvine’s (Ella Sarah Gets Dressed) brightly colored matte prints portray the universe as a welcoming place, abuzz with activity, with swirling, starlit skies and friendly constellations, astronauts, and aliens … The collaborators are entirely in sync as they remind readers that the universe and its wonders are theirs to revel in.” 

Publishers Weekly

“This charming bedtime book plays off of the ‘This Is the House That Jack Built’ cumulative classic … From the swirling galaxies and the woodcut-style sun to the color-coded map of the U.S. and the retro feel of the boy’s bedroom, it does seem like a wonderful world.”

Booklist

 “Soft assonant sounds soothe the cumulative rhyme that parallels nighttime routines through its repetition and structure. Visually, the most important object in the book is the boy’s best bedtime companion: his blanket. Reproduced on the endpapers, the blanket first swaddles the book and then the boy as pieces of it morph into the vehicles that transport him.”

Betty Carter, Horn Book

“Simply outstanding. In a cumulative, ‘house that Jack built’ narrative, a young boy folds his blanket around himself and sails out over the Earth, into the stars and then all the way back till finally snuggling down in his own bed, ending each verse with ‘in my own little piece of the universe.’ The concept is lovely and comforting, the rhymes are PERFECT and the art colorful, child friendly and has just the right amount of details. Wonderful at bedtime or any time of the day.” 

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