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Owlkids Books Spring 2016 Frontlist

Blanche Hates the Night
By (author): Sibylle Delacroix Translated by: Christelle Morelli


- Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Dust jacket
Hardcover , Dust jacket
English, Translated from: French


Juvenile: Interest age, years 3 - 7, Canadian school grade range P - 2, US school grade range P - 2
Mar 15, 2016
$16.95 CAD


7in x 7 x 0.38 in | 241 gr

Page Count:

32 pages
Owlkids Books Inc.
JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams
Children’s picture books|Picture storybooks: bedtime stories and dreams|Early years: verse, rhymes and wordplay|Early years: daily routine
  • Short Description
An adorable story about a stubborn girl who refuses to go to sleep, from the author of Prickly Jenny
"A refreshing c'est la vie take on bedtime conflict."
The New York Times

"Sparkling... an excellent choice for lulling active toddlers off to sleep."

Every day ends the same. Night always falls. Blanche’s mom turns off the light and closes Blanche’s bedroom door. It’s time to go to sleep.

There’s just one problem: Blanche hates the night. She does not want to go to sleep! She would much rather play. So she puts on a concert to chase away the moon and wake up the sun. She sings in rhyme and somersaults upon her bed, which she imagines is a trampoline.

Blanche’s mother’s voice floats in: “Stop that racket!” and “To bed, my little songbird.” But Blanche dominates each spread with her expressive face and creative, endearing attempts to stave off sleep.

Illustrations in a muted palette mimic shades of night while clean lines let Blanche’s charming facial expressions take center stage. Bursting with personality, Blanche is a willful, sensitive character kids will relate to. Blanche Hates the Night is an ideal bedtime read-aloud: eventually, exhausted, she falls into a peaceful slumber.

Sibylle Delacroix graduated from the ERG (Ecole de Recherche Graphique) in Brussels and worked by day as a graphic designer in several agencies while illustrating at night. She lives in Midi-Pyrenees in France, where she now tries to draw during the day and sleep at night!

"Sparkling with clarity and replete with gentle humor, this straightforward selection is an excellent choice for lulling active toddlers off to sleep." - Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"Lots of visual oomph and an irresistibly confident heroine front and center." - Publishers Weekly

"Many children will identify with Blanche...a good book for bedtime reading." - School Library Journal

"Freshness originating from the distinctive art and the unabashed joy that comes from putting off the inevitable." - Booklist

"A refreshing c'est la vie take on bedtime conflict." - The New York Times

"A cute book that many parents can relate to and that young children will find entertaining. Recommended." - Canadian Review of Materials

"The hands-off portrait of both spunky girls is refreshing, even feminist: kids will be thrilled to see that their moods and wakefulness are natural, normal, and even--as the illustrations capture--quite fun." - —Sara Cassidy, Island Parent Magazine, on Prickly Jenny and Blanche Hates the Night

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