Night Animals by Gianna Marino, what a hilarious and beautifully designed romp through the very “scary” night woods.
Only the whites of their eyes show on the black end pages and set the stage for the “dark” story to come.The premise that night animals are afraid of the dark is a very funny concept which becomes funnier and funnier as smaller night animals meet up with bigger night animals who are all quivering in fear of the darkt. The composition and layout of each spread is absolutely dynamic and captivating. Gianna Marino does a brilliant job of moving your eye from left to right and talk about page turns! Ohhhhh, I can just imagine kids picking up all the subtle humor and feeling like they’re in on the “big secret”. That these silly critters are all just scaring themselves!
There is even a very inconspicuous ‘vapor’ behind the skunk when he gets scared which keeps causing the poor possum to play possum.
There is a subtlety to Marino’s artwork that when juxtaposed against the stark black really makes her animals pop and come to life.
Everything about this book stands out. From the bold contrast of the black negative space, to the simple, amusing, and easy to read dialogue. And even though the designs are sharp and sparse, the detail and emotion that Gianna Marino captures in her characters is full and powerful.
Whose afraid of the dark? Kids will absolutely love everything about this witty book. Hmmmm…. I did too!