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Turn On the Night

Written by Geraldo Valério

  • 40 Pages
  • 9781554988419
  • 11" x 9"
  • from grade P
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams



Publication Date September 01, 2016

A little girl falls asleep and in her dream becomes a huge gray wolf, like the one in her bedtime story. Out the window she leaps, and a marvelous nighttime adventure unfolds. She visits the rooster in his coop, and invites him to hop upon her back and together they run through the night. A reindeer joins in the fun, until the three are suddenly stopped in their tracks by a giant dazzling star. The reindeer climbs upon the wolf, and the rooster upon the reindeer to reach the star, then they carry it home, where it brings all kinds of light to the little girl’s world.

This vibrantly illustrated wordless picture book is a celebration of the inspiration and freedom to be found in stories, dreams and the imagination.


Geraldo Valério

Geraldo Valério was born in Brazil, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing, followed by a Master of Arts at New York University. His work has been published in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Portugal, France, the UK and China. His books include Abecedário de Aves Brasileiras, My Book of Birds, Turn On the Night and Moose, Goose, Animals on the Loose. He lives in Toronto.


Star Review

"A giddy sense of possibility permeates this enchanting wordless story." Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

"It is hard to choose a favorite among the illustrations, which use composition, form, and color to full advantage to animate the three animals and spin a magical tale. More than a bedtime story: a treat from a masterful artist." Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review

"Valério's stylized imagery … grounds the narrative with a folk-like simplicity, which contrasts with the story's abstracted, supernatural sweep." Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

"Valério’s illustrations communicate emotion while celebrating the power of imagination and visual storytelling." International Literacy Association

"It's a simple, but magical, plot . . . [Valério] captures with a seeming ease the euphoria of dreams of flight, as well as the cryptic nature of dreams, even ones that leave you with a smile on your face." Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"Very highly recommended for young readers ages 4 to 8, "Turn On The Night" is a vibrantly illustrated wordless picture book and a joyous celebration of the inspiration and freedom to be found in stories, dreams and the imagination." Midwest Book Review

"This is an eye-pleasing and dream-dazzling delight for bedtime or anytime." School Library Journal

"Turn on the Night embraces the imaginative potentials of wordless literature and the magical enchantment of the nighttime world of dreams." CM Magazine