Thursday, June 26, 2014

PICTURE BOOK - Dusk - Uri Shulevitz

Illustrated by the author 2013, Margaret Ferguson Books; Farrar Strauss Giroux
HC $17.99
32 pages
Goodreads rating: 3.34
My rating: 3 (I actually liked this better than most of his previous work)
Endpapers: rusty orange
Title Page: illustrated in an oval, title in colored-in font (a nice example/idea)

1st line/s:
          Days are short.
          Nights are long.

          Boy with dog and grandfather with beard go for a walk.

My comments:  The illustrations are cool; the day going from sunshine to darkness is illustrated really nicely.  We meet a few odd but interesting people, each with his/her own destination.  The lights come on slowly - and the reader soon learns that it's not just WINTER, it's the holiday season.  Depictions of lights in several cultures are shown.  Words are sparse and unexpected - grammatically and syntactically (have I just invented a new word?)

Goodreads:  One December afternoon, boy with dog and grandfather with beard take a walk to watch the sun begin to set over the river. When the sun drops low in the sky, they start home. Buildings grow dimmer. People are rushing. As nature's lights go out, one by one, city's lights turn on, revealing brilliant Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Christmas displays in streets, homes, and stores. A stunning picture book that's sure to be a winter holiday classic by Caldecott Medalist Uri Shulevitz.

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