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Thursday 18 January 2018

Review: The Night Box

The magic and wonder of the night is beautifully captured in this bedtime picture book that's destined to become a classic.

Poetic and enchanting, the tale introduces us to Max, a little boy with a magical key to unlock a secret box and release the night.

We feel the building anticipation of dusk as night time draws nearer.

Two eyes, two ears, two wings, wait, as Day inches like a snail, around the clock, tick-tock, tick-tock.

But then, the waiting is done and Max unlocks the Night Box, delivering night to the world once more.

It is a time of play for many creatures and night watches over them all. Here, night is a powerful and compassionate guardian, spilling into the world and holding everything in its protective arms, including Max.

If you have a little one afraid of the dark, this is a soothing story to share the vast, inspiring beauty of night time, which can be everything from mischievous and loud, to gentle and kind.

The tone of the book is reassuring and tender. The gentle, lyrical text dances across each page, complemented by the luminous illustrations that shine like the 'thousand stars' in the sky.

Title: The Night Box
Author: Louise Greig
Illustrator: Ashling Lindsay
Publisher: Egmont, $19.99
Publication Date: June 2017
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781405287203
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book