A little girl wakes in the night to mysterious, inviting noises. She rouses her brother, and they sneak downstairs and peek into the kitchen. To their amazement and delight, their parents are dancing and singing---"¡Como te quiero! Oh, how I love you!" ---as they clean up and put food away. Mama and Papa discover the two kids and sweep them into the embrace of a family dance. Slowly, the song changes to a lullaby. . . the children close sleepy eyes. . . then Mama and Papa tuck them into bed again.
The story reads like poetry. The art moves from subdued tones to hot tropical colors and back again. And as you turn the pages, you can almost hear the music---changing from a pop ballad to a hot tango to a cozy lullaby. All in all, it's a perfect bedtime book, with a satisfying hugs-and-kisses ending.
"Full of vitality, simple, and touching, this picture book presents a celebration of family through words and expressive, exuberant pictures. Wonderful." - School Library Journal
"This is Manning's most exuberant work yet, a winning tribute to happy feet and happy families." - Publishers Weekly
"It's In the Night Kitchen decloaked; how salutary for children---protagonists and readers both---to see a set of parents loving each other with such abandon and enthusiasm. Their joyful inclusion of the kids makes this book read like one long, wonderful hug---as the narrator says, after being tucked back into bed with a couple extra besitos, "Umm, hmm." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
|3 - 6
|Maurie J. Manning
|Oct 6, 2008