"The sun falls. Darkness rises.' From seven at night until
seven the following morning, while you're sound asleep in your bed, the
city stays wide awake - dancing, cleaning, fire fighting, baking, and
more. With an urban backdrop that looks as if the architect of record
were Piet Mondrian, Wellington's graphically arresting and gorgeously
colored double-page spreads depict a different activity for each succeeding
hour. The text, in describing the evening events, doesn't try to compete
with the illustrations, but is nevertheless artful in its own understated
right. Cleverly tieing the entire episodic progression together are a
striped cat and a bevy of mice that turn up in each spread - sometimes
in unlikely places! Look closely for them and for the time piece discreetly
placed in each picture to proclaim the hour. And for art lovers, there's
even more sly fun in the details: a cookie looks like a painter's palette,
homages to Munch and Mondrian hang on walls, a sky and a bed are borrowed
from van Gogh, etc. Like the 10 o'clock painter depicted in the book,
Wellington 'paints what she sees with her eyes - and with her imagination.'
As a result, this surprising book grows more satisfying with each rereading."
"It is obvious that Wellington is in love with big-city
living, using its many facets in one fascinating night. The text imparts
plenty of information, offering windows on new worlds for children."
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