Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Louise Greig
Illustrator: Ashling Lindsay
Publisher: Clarion Book
Max notices that the day is tired. It has long shadows and is sinking low in the sky. Everything is slowing down and preparing to rest, even Max. After brushing his teeth, he climbs into bed and says good night to his busy mother. But when the door is closed, Max gets out of bed and opens a box that releases the night and absorbs the day! Max makes some lovely observations about the night. How big it is, how playful, how friendly, until at last when he is exhausted, he climbs into bed. Night itself becomes tired and crawls back into the box, thus setting daylight free again.
This is a lovely book that has been carefully written and illustrated. Both the illustrations and words are very emotive, creating a feeling of peace and harmony that settles the reader into a quiet state of mind. This book is particularly charming for children who are afraid of the dark. It personifies darkness into a fun-loving, protective entity that is beneficial for animals and humans alike. The only weakness, strangely enough, is the boy opening the box to release both day and night. Why does he have this power? What does the box represent? Is it a dream? Is it meant as fantasy? Everything about this book is exceptionally well executed, but personifying day and night and then locking them in a box in a child's room feels a bit awkward.