Booklist Reviews

Bundled up against the cold, a boy, a grandfather, and a dog walk down to the river, where they watch the sun set. At dusk, they return to the city, where people hurry along the sidewalks. Four figures pass by: "man with cravat," "woman with hat," "retired acrobat," and "visitor from planet Zataplat." As the sky shifts from pale blue to deepening shades of gray, the radiant streetlamps, glowing theater marquees, and brightly lit holiday windows make the scenes increasingly colorful and "as light as day." There's not much of a story here, and the rhyming thoughts of the four figures seem a bit out of place in the prose text. But when day turns to night, scene after scene offers a dazzling display of bright lights and subtly shaded hues. The black line drawings also set off the luminous colors beautifully in each scene. A vivid expression of the shift from day to evening and the brilliant lights and colors that brighten a city at night. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews

"Boy with dog and grandfather with beard go for a walk" in Greenwich Village. "As nature's lights go out, city's lights come on" until the streets are abloom with Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas illuminations. Text here is minimal, with a nice lilt featuring irregular rhyme; the figures carry the action--whether Old-Country sturdy, stylishly debonair, or zany. A lovely companion piece to Shulevitz's Snow.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews

"Boy with dog and grandfather with beard go for a walk" in the waning light of a winter afternoon. A street sign says Greenwich Village; the scene, and the companions, resemble those in Snow (rev. 1/99). After viewing a sunset over the river, they return to town and encounter several vivid characters accomplishing various errands ("‘I swear I declare / I'll search here and there. / I'll search till I find / the best of its kind. / Toys for my girls / and toys for my boys,' / said man with cravat"). Meanwhile, "As nature's lights go out, city's light's come on" until the streets are abloom with Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas illuminations. Text here is minimal, with a nice lilt featuring irregular rhyme; the figures carry the action—whether Old-Country sturdy, stylishly debonair, or as zany as a "visitor from planet Zataplat" (the most modern of the characters, he's dressed in a business suit and carries a camera). The city itself is deftly sketched, with energetically skewed buildings and wholesome signage ("Read Books!"; "Tai Chi"; "Toys"; "Physio Fit"; "M. Goose Theatre"). Shulevitz's palette is similar to yet brighter than that in Snow (his more authoritatively drawn figures livelier without that subtle scrim of snow) and luminous indeed in the last few pages' celebration of light. A lovely companion piece. joanna rudge lon Copyright 2013 Horn Book Magazine.

Publishers Weekly Reviews

It's easy to fall prey to melancholy when darkness begins to fall, especially in winter when "Days are short. Nights are long." In this quirky, cozy companion to the Caldecott Honor–winning Snow, a "boy with dog," out for a walk with his "grandfather with beard," comes to realize that a city (especially if it's New York City) can come alive in magical ways at dusk. The sidewalks and streets fill with people (and one extraterrestrial) headed home or out for a night's adventure. As manmade illumination gradually replaces "nature's lights," the whole world glows and sparkles, while lights belonging to Christmas trees, menorahs, and kinaras promise wonderful celebrations—and presents. "It's as light as day," marvels the boy. Shulevitz reprises the stripped-down, staccato storytelling of Snow, and his highly stylized cityscape—with its snug streets, toylike cars, and confidently striding (and eccentrically dressed) population—is both familiar and wonderfully strange. It's delightful to see such an outgoing and sociable offering from Shulevitz, as he exuberantly embraces the bright joys of a winter night. Ages 3–8. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 1—The "boy with dog" and his "grandfather with beard" appear in a companion book to Snow (Farrar, 1998). The threesome take a walk in the late afternoon and witness a beautiful sunset before heading back to the city as the buildings and skies darken. The child feels that dusk is a sad time as it signals the end of day, but he notices the darkness is abated as the electric lights begin going on one by one. The diversity of New York City is revealed as the inhabitants, hurrying along to their varied destinations, are readying to celebrate a trio of holidays: Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas. Appealing gray, purple, and blue watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations of dusk are contrasted beautifully by the orange, red, and yellow of the sunset and the holiday lights. Bookstores, signs, and a library in the background are all tributes to reading. The brightly colored lights of the various festivals show that, though dusk may be the end of day, it may also be the beginning of a magical, memorable night.—Maryann H. Owen, Children's Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI

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