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Before Morning

By Joyce Sidman, Beth Krommes (Illustrated by)

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Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 April 2016
There are planes to fly and buses to catch, but a child uses the power of words, in the form of an invocation, to persuade fate to bring her family a snow day -- a day slow and unhurried enough to spend at home together. In a spare text that reads as pure song and illustrations of astonishingly beautiful scratchboard art, Sidman and Krommes remind us that sometimes, if spoken from the heart, wishes really can come true.

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"Throughout, Krommes s illustrations do the narrative work, and a series of wordless spreads at book s end provides a sweet balance to the front matter s opening scenes, slowly easing the reader out of this mesmerizing book." Horn Book, STARRED review" * "Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal." Kirkus, STARRED review * "Throughout, Krommes s illustrations do the narrative work, and a series of wordless spreads at book s end provides a sweet balance to the front matter s opening scenes, slowly easing the reader out of this mesmerizing book." Horn Book, STARRED review" * "It is rare in picture books to find words and art so perfectly matched, though perhaps not surprising given the talents of Newbery Honor winning Sidman (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, 2010) and Caldecott winner Krommes (The House in the Night, 2008). Each phrase in Sidman s spare text is evokes the heart and the senses (let the earth turn to sugar ), while Krommes scratchboard art is so intricately rendered, so full of story, that each page could be investigated dozens of times." Booklist, STARRED review * "Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal." Kirkus, STARRED review * "Throughout, Krommes s illustrations do the narrative work, and a series of wordless spreads at book s end provides a sweet balance to the front matter s opening scenes, slowly easing the reader out of this mesmerizing book." Horn Book, STARRED review" * "["Before Morning's"] parallel but separate threads the innocent images of the poem, the cheery reassurance of the illustrations, and the tension of the family s wait give this collaboration significant emotional depth." Publishers Weekly, STARRED review * "It is rare in picture books to find words and art so perfectly matched, though perhaps not surprising given the talents of Newbery Honor winning Sidman (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, 2010) and Caldecott winner Krommes (The House in the Night, 2008). Each phrase in Sidman s spare text is evokes the heart and the senses (let the earth turn to sugar ), while Krommes scratchboard art is so intricately rendered, so full of story, that each page could be investigated dozens of times." Booklist, STARRED review * "Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal." Kirkus, STARRED review * "Throughout, Krommes s illustrations do the narrative work, and a series of wordless spreads at book s end provides a sweet balance to the front matter s opening scenes, slowly easing the reader out of this mesmerizing book." Horn Book, STARRED review" Amazon Best Children's Books of the Year Ages 3 to 5 Booklist Editors' Choice 2016 Horn Book Fanfare Kirkus, Best Picture Book Nerdy Book Club Nerdies 2016 Poetry/Novels in Verse New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice Publishers Weekly, Picture Book List San Francisco Chronicle Best of 2016 School Library Journal Best of 2016 School Library Journal's Fuse#8 Best of 2016 "This is a comforting and deeply satisfying book to read with a child and a celebration of a bit of magic that winter can offer: a gift of time."--The Washington Post "A delightful winter read if there ever was one."--Minneapolis Star Tribune "It's a sweet, but never saccharine, tale of family--and so cozy in every possible way that readers will want to return to it again and again. Pair it with your best hot cocoa recipe. Read. Repeat."--BookPage * "This simply perfect book is a must-have piece of portable poetry and art for all collections."--School Library Journal, STARRED review * "[Before Morning's] parallel but separate threads--the innocent images of the poem, the cheery reassurance of the illustrations, and the tension of the family's wait--give this collaboration significant emotional depth."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED review * "It is rare in picture books to find words and art so perfectly matched, though perhaps not surprising given the talents of Newbery Honor-winning Sidman and Caldecott winner Krommes. Each phrase in Sidman's spare text evokes the heart and the senses while Krommes' scratchboard art is so intricately rendered, so full of story, that each page could be investigated dozens of times."--Booklist, STARRED review * "Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal."--Kirkus, STARRED review * "Throughout, Krommes's illustrations do the narrative work, and a series of wordless spreads at book's end provides a sweet balance to the front matter's opening scenes, slowly easing the reader out of this mesmerizing book."--Horn Book, STARRED review Amazon Best Children s Books of the Year Ages 3 to 5 Booklist Editors' Choice 2016 Horn Book Fanfare Kirkus, Best Picture Book Nerdy Book Club Nerdies 2016 Poetry/Novels in Verse New York Times Book Review Editor s Choice Publishers Weekly, Picture Book List San Francisco Chronicle Best of 2016 School Library Journal Best of 2016 School Library Journal s Fuse#8 Best of 2016 "This is a comforting and deeply satisfying book to read with a child and a celebration of a bit of magic that winter can offer: a gift of time." The Washington Post A delightful winter read if there ever was one. Minneapolis Star Tribune "It s a sweet, but never saccharine, tale of family and so cozy in every possible way that readers will want to return to it again and again. Pair it with your best hot cocoa recipe. Read. Repeat." BookPage * "This simply perfect book is a must-have piece of portable poetry and art for all collections." School Library Journal, STARRED review * "[Before Morning's] parallel but separate threads the innocent images of the poem, the cheery reassurance of the illustrations, and the tension of the family s wait give this collaboration significant emotional depth." Publishers Weekly, STARRED review * "It is rare in picture books to find words and art so perfectly matched, though perhaps not surprising given the talents of Newbery Honor winning Sidman and Caldecott winner Krommes. Each phrase in Sidman s spare text evokes the heart and the senses while Krommes scratchboard art is so intricately rendered, so full of story, that each page could be investigated dozens of times." Booklist, STARRED review * "Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal." Kirkus, STARRED review * "Throughout, Krommes s illustrations do the narrative work, and a series of wordless spreads at book s end provides a sweet balance to the front matter s opening scenes, slowly easing the reader out of this mesmerizing book." Horn Book, STARRED review" New York Times Book Review Editor s Choice Amazon Best Children s Books of the Year Booklist Editors' Choice 2016 Horn Book Fanfare Kirkus Best Picture Book 2016 Publishers Weekly Best Picture Book San Francisco Chronicle Best of 2016 School Library Journal Best of 2016 "This is a comforting and deeply satisfying book to read with a child and a celebration of a bit of magic that winter can offer: a gift of time." The Washington Post A delightful winter read if there ever was one. Minneapolis Star Tribune "It s a sweet, but never saccharine, tale of family and so cozy in every possible way that readers will want to return to it again and again. Pair it with your best hot cocoa recipe. Read. Repeat." BookPage * "This simply perfect book is a must-have piece of portable poetry and art for all collections." School Library Journal, STARRED review * "[Before Morning's] parallel but separate threads the innocent images of the poem, the cheery reassurance of the illustrations, and the tension of the family s wait give this collaboration significant emotional depth." Publishers Weekly, STARRED review * "It is rare in picture books to find words and art so perfectly matched, though perhaps not surprising given the talents of Newbery Honor winning Sidman and Caldecott winner Krommes. Each phrase in Sidman s spare text evokes the heart and the senses while Krommes scratchboard art is so intricately rendered, so full of story, that each page could be investigated dozens of times." Booklist, STARRED review * "Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal." Kirkus, STARRED review * "Throughout, Krommes s illustrations do the narrative work, and a series of wordless spreads at book s end provides a sweet balance to the front matter s opening scenes, slowly easing the reader out of this mesmerizing book." Horn Book, STARRED review " Amazon, Best Children s Books of the Year Ages 3 to 5 Booklist, Editors' Choice 2016 Horn Book Fanfare Kirkus, Best Picture Book Publishers Weekly, Picture Book List San Francisco Chronicle School Library Journal * "The poetry is brief but lovely, giving voice to many youngsters dreams of a blanket of snow; the art s creation of a plot gives narrative weight to the verse, while Krommes intricate scratchboard illustrations lend a pleasing toylike quality to the rounded figures and stylized landscape." Bulletin, STARRED review "It s a sweet, but never saccharine, tale of family and so cozy in every possible way that readers will want to return to it again and again. Pair it with your best hot cocoa recipe. Read. Repeat." BookPage * "This simply perfect book is a must-have piece of portable poetry and art for all collections." School Library Journal, STARRED review * "[Before Morning's] parallel but separate threads the innocent images of the poem, the cheery reassurance of the illustrations, and the tension of the family s wait give this collaboration significant emotional depth." Publishers Weekly, STARRED review * "It is rare in picture books to find words and art so perfectly matched, though perhaps not surprising given the talents of Newbery Honor winning Sidman (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, 2010) and Caldecott winner Krommes (The House in the Night, 2008). Each phrase in Sidman s spare text is evokes the heart and the senses (let the earth turn to sugar ), while Krommes scratchboard art is so intricately rendered, so full of story, that each page could be investigated dozens of times." Booklist, STARRED review * "Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal." Kirkus, STARRED review * "Throughout, Krommes s illustrations do the narrative work, and a series of wordless spreads at book s end provides a sweet balance to the front matter s opening scenes, slowly easing the reader out of this mesmerizing book." Horn Book, STARRED review" Publishers Weekly Best of 2016 list School Library Journal Best of 2016 list Kirkus Best Books of 2016 list Horn Book Fanfare Best Books of 2016 list * "The poetry is brief but lovely, giving voice to many youngsters dreams of a blanket of snow; the art s creation of a plot gives narrative weight to the verse, while Krommes intricate scratchboard illustrations lend a pleasing toylike quality to the rounded figures and stylized landscape." Bulletin, STARRED review "It s a sweet, but never saccharine, tale of family and so cozy in every possible way that readers will want to return to it again and again. Pair it with your best hot cocoa recipe. Read. Repeat." BookPage * "This simply perfect book is a must-have piece of portable poetry and art for all collections." School Library Journal, STARRED review * "[Before Morning's] parallel but separate threads the innocent images of the poem, the cheery reassurance of the illustrations, and the tension of the family s wait give this collaboration significant emotional depth." Publishers Weekly, STARRED review * "It is rare in picture books to find words and art so perfectly matched, though perhaps not surprising given the talents of Newbery Honor winning Sidman (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, 2010) and Caldecott winner Krommes (The House in the Night, 2008). Each phrase in Sidman s spare text is evokes the heart and the senses (let the earth turn to sugar ), while Krommes scratchboard art is so intricately rendered, so full of story, that each page could be investigated dozens of times." Booklist, STARRED review * "Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal." Kirkus, STARRED review * "Throughout, Krommes s illustrations do the narrative work, and a series of wordless spreads at book s end provides a sweet balance to the front matter s opening scenes, slowly easing the reader out of this mesmerizing book." Horn Book, STARRED review" * "The poetry is brief but lovely, giving voice to many youngsters dreams of a blanket of snow; the art s creation of a plot gives narrative weight to the verse, while Krommes intricate scratchboard illustrations lend a pleasing toylike quality to the rounded figures and stylized landscape." Bulletin, STARRED review "It s a sweet, but never saccharine, tale of family and so cozy in every possible way that readers will want to return to it again and again. Pair it with your best hot cocoa recipe. Read. Repeat." BookPage * "This simply perfect book is a must-have piece of portable poetry and art for all collections." School Library Journal, STARRED review * "[Before Morning's] parallel but separate threads the innocent images of the poem, the cheery reassurance of the illustrations, and the tension of the family s wait give this collaboration significant emotional depth." Publishers Weekly, STARRED review * "It is rare in picture books to find words and art so perfectly matched, though perhaps not surprising given the talents of Newbery Honor winning Sidman (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, 2010) and Caldecott winner Krommes (The House in the Night, 2008). Each phrase in Sidman s spare text is evokes the heart and the senses (let the earth turn to sugar ), while Krommes scratchboard art is so intricately rendered, so full of story, that each page could be investigated dozens of times." Booklist, STARRED review * "Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal." Kirkus, STARRED review * "Throughout, Krommes s illustrations do the narrative work, and a series of wordless spreads at book s end provides a sweet balance to the front matter s opening scenes, slowly easing the reader out of this mesmerizing book." Horn Book, STARRED review" "It s a sweet, but never saccharine, tale of family and so cozy in every possible way that readers will want to return to it again and again. Pair it with your best hot cocoa recipe. Read. Repeat." BookPage * "This simply perfect book is a must-have piece of portable poetry and art for all collections." School Library Journal, STARRED review * "[Before Morning's] parallel but separate threads the innocent images of the poem, the cheery reassurance of the illustrations, and the tension of the family s wait give this collaboration significant emotional depth." Publishers Weekly, STARRED review * "It is rare in picture books to find words and art so perfectly matched, though perhaps not surprising given the talents of Newbery Honor winning Sidman (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, 2010) and Caldecott winner Krommes (The House in the Night, 2008). Each phrase in Sidman s spare text is evokes the heart and the senses (let the earth turn to sugar ), while Krommes scratchboard art is so intricately rendered, so full of story, that each page could be investigated dozens of times." Booklist, STARRED review * "Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal." Kirkus, STARRED review * "Throughout, Krommes s illustrations do the narrative work, and a series of wordless spreads at book s end provides a sweet balance to the front matter s opening scenes, slowly easing the reader out of this mesmerizing book." Horn Book, STARRED review" * "This simply perfect book is a must-have piece of portable poetry and art for all collections." School Library Journal, STARRED review * "[Before Morning's] parallel but separate threads the innocent images of the poem, the cheery reassurance of the illustrations, and the tension of the family s wait give this collaboration significant emotional depth." Publishers Weekly, STARRED review * "It is rare in picture books to find words and art so perfectly matched, though perhaps not surprising given the talents of Newbery Honor winning Sidman (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, 2010) and Caldecott winner Krommes (The House in the Night, 2008). Each phrase in Sidman s spare text is evokes the heart and the senses (let the earth turn to sugar ), while Krommes scratchboard art is so intricately rendered, so full of story, that each page could be investigated dozens of times." Booklist, STARRED review * "Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal." Kirkus, STARRED review * "Throughout, Krommes s illustrations do the narrative work, and a series of wordless spreads at book s end provides a sweet balance to the front matter s opening scenes, slowly easing the reader out of this mesmerizing book." Horn Book, STARRED review" * "[Before Morning's] parallel but separate threads the innocent images of the poem, the cheery reassurance of the illustrations, and the tension of the family s wait give this collaboration significant emotional depth." Publishers Weekly, STARRED review * "It is rare in picture books to find words and art so perfectly matched, though perhaps not surprising given the talents of Newbery Honor winning Sidman (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, 2010) and Caldecott winner Krommes (The House in the Night, 2008). Each phrase in Sidman s spare text is evokes the heart and the senses (let the earth turn to sugar ), while Krommes scratchboard art is so intricately rendered, so full of story, that each page could be investigated dozens of times." Booklist, STARRED review * "Like a snow day, a special treat with broad appeal." Kirkus, STARRED review * "Throughout, Krommes s illustrations do the narrative work, and a series of wordless spreads at book s end provides a sweet balance to the front matter s opening scenes, slowly easing the reader out of this mesmerizing book." Horn Book, STARRED review"

EAN: 9780547979175
ISBN: 0547979177
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Dimensions: 25.65 x 19.81 x 1.52 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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