The Way Home in the Night

Akiko Miyakoshi
Akiko Miyakoshi

A mother rabbit and her young bunny are on their way home in the dark night. “My mother carries me through the quiet streets,” the bunny explains. “Most of our neighbors are already home.” The bunny can see their lights in the windows, and hear and smell what they might be doing: talking on the phone, pulling a pie out of the oven, having a party, saying goodbye. When they reach home, the father rabbit tucks the bunny into bed. But the bunny continues to wonder about the neighbors' activities. “Are the party guests saying goodnight? Is the person on the phone getting ready for bed?” And what of the footsteps that can be heard in the street as the bunny falls asleep? “Will she take the last train home?”
This beautiful picture book captures the magical wonder a child feels at being outside in the night. Award-winning author and illustrator Akiko Miyakoshi's softly focused black-and-white illustrations with just a touch of neutral color have a dreamlike quality, just right for nodding off to sleep with. The book is intriguing in that it contains twice-told stories, once as they are observed and second as the bunny imagines them. This offers a perfect prompt for young children to create extensions of other stories they have read or heard. A deeper reading could encourage critical thinking by comparing the different pastimes of the neighbors or, ultimately, what it means to be home.

978-1-77138-663-0 | Apr 4, 2017
List Price: USD $16.95, CAD $18.95
4-color 8 x 10 1/4 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-77138-897-9 | Apr 4, 2017
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

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Adult Directed

Awards & Reviews

“A web of enchantment draws readers into this affecting story.”
— Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, February 2017
“... this reflective, dreamy tale with its timeless art is a must for the bedtime shelf.”
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, February 2017
“This is a lovely book about experiences which are universal and universally shared.”
— Booklist, February 2017
“I can't help thinking that reading a picture book like this with a child at bedtime could redeem any day.”
— New York Times, April 2017
“... a lovely addition to a home library collection as it will likely become a preferred bedtime favourite for younger audiences.”
— CM Magazine, April 2017
“... a fresh addition to the bedtime shelf ...”
— School Library Journal, May 2017
“... one of the most successful bedtime books I've seen in a long while.”
— Kirkus Reviews, May 2017
“Peaceful, particular, and just a little somber, this contemplative evocation of the closing of the day may provide the sort of indelible reading experience that children remember well into adulthood.”
— Horn Book, June 2017
“Highly atmospheric, quiet and dream-like ...”
— The Toronto Star, June 2017
2018 - Outstanding International Book, honor book, USBBY, Winner
2018 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Outstanding Merit selection, Bank Street College, Winner
2017 - Best Illustrated Children's Book Award, The New York Times/New York Public Library, Winner
2017 - Best Books for Kids, New York Public Library, Winner
2017 - Best Picture Books of 2017, Kirkus Reviews, Winner
2016 - Bologna Ragazzi Award (Japanese Edition), Bologna Book Fair, Commended

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