Every Single Night
Written by Dominique Demers
Illustrated by Nicolas Debon
Publication Date January 16, 2006
Simon doesn't want to go to bed. He can't close his eyes until his father climbs the stairs and completes their nightly ritual. The world must be put to sleep. Continent after continent, habitat after habitat, even the imaginary realm of elves, princesses and fairies must succumb to his father's incantations before Simon can deliciously let himself go.
This beautiful book, with Dominique Demers' poetic text complemented by Nicolas Debon's romantic images, is the perfect bedtime story. Parents and children will recognize themselves in this shared ritual that takes all the pain out of going to bed.
Dominque Demers is one of Quebec's best-loved authors, well known for her successful books for children and adults as well as for her work as a journalist, teacher, screenwriter, editor, and expert in children's literature. Many of her books have been made into movies, notably the Mademoiselle Charlotte series. She has won many literary awards, including four Mr. Christie's awards, two selections for the IBBY Honor list, and four nominations for the Governor General's Award. She has also been honored as a member of the Order of Canada. Dominique lives in Montreal.
Nicolas Debon was born in Northern France and later moved to Nancy where he studied art at l'Ecole nationale des Beaux-Arts before moving to Toronto for ten years. His picture book The Strongest Man in the World won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Nicolas currently lives in France.
"[Demers]'s language is spare yet comforting, and the plot unfolds like a strangely familiar myth...Debon's glowing illustrations combine intimate visual vignettes with sweeping double-page spreads...With this title, the genre of books written to help children fall asleep has gained elegance and depth. Demers and Deben offer a poetic ceremony that bonds father and son as surely as they know the sun will rise the next morning." Quill & Quire
"Dreamy, lyrical, and as cozy as a familiar lullaby." Horn Book
"Equally effective in conjuring up visions of other worlds and inducing sleep are Debon's undersea, Arctic and world-of-wonder spreads. And effective, too, are Demers, Dominique's aural pleasures." Globe and Mail
"Every Single Night is truly an enjoyable picture book. The connection between father and son is strong and endearing....a wonderful way to end an evening and slip off to sleep." CM Magazine
"Poetic cadences and haunting paintings that are beautifully composed cast a soporific spell. While many bedtime books bring the focus inward to cozy, familiar surroundings, this Canadian one...widens to embrace the whole world." Booklist
"This comforting bedtime story is beautifully illustrated by Nicolas Debon." Daily Press