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Night Becomes Day by Richard McGuire

Night Becomes Day

by Richard McGuire

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Summary: This book is a short and simple story about a city when the sun comes up. It talks about the different things in a day to day life and how they affect one another. ( )
  MadisonGriffin | Feb 19, 2018 |
A descriptive story about how things change, from night to day. ( )
  amchaney94 | Feb 17, 2017 |
This children's book, "Night Becomes Day", is very cute. It is a quick and easy read that I feel you can put into any lesson.

This children's book "Night Becomes Day", shows how everything is connected. It starts out with nught becoming day to day becoming bright and bright becoming sun and going through things like highways and birthdays to show that everything is intertwined. ( )
  mnorth2 | Sep 15, 2014 |
One of two Richard McGuire picture-books that children's literature scholar Leonard S. Marcus mentioned, in his essay "Back to the Future: Retro picture books — déjà vu all over again?," which can be found in the January/February 2010 edition of The Horn Book Magazine, of picture-books harking back to the Constructivist style of the early twentieth century (the other was The Orange Book), this boldly graphic title follows a series of transformations through the day, from dawn to dark. "Night becomes day / And day becomes bright," it opens, "Dream becomes good / And good becomes night," it closes, following a convoluted path of relationships from beginning to end.

A book I would recommend primarily for its intense illustrations - bright colors and stylized forms make this feel much more like a vintage title than something first published in 1994 - Night Becomes Day has a sort of surreal quality that is difficult to pin down. I found myself wondering, midway through, if the constant "becoming" to be found on every page could, in addition to being interpreted as a reference to transformation and/or growth ("Cloud becomes rain / And rain becomes tree"), also be seen as indicative of complementary pairs ("And peak becomes valley," etc). Whatever the case may be, I'm not sure that there is enough narrative interest here to hold the attention of young children, although the artwork is stunning enough to compensate at least partially. ( )
2 vote AbigailAdams26 | Apr 17, 2013 |
The author connects seemingly unrelated occurences and objects to each other to tell a story from day to night. Starting in the morning and then evolving throughout the day, the occurences lead to the evening and then night falls. What a great bedtime story!
  ksmitherman04 | Dec 6, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140558942, Mass Market Paperback)

In this innovative journey from night to day and back again, city evolves into country and rivers and streams evolve into oceans by the most subtle of associations and the most unpredictable of transformations. Richard McGuire's strikingly graphic and original illustrations give us a perspective on our world as we've never seen it before. "What seems deceptively simple often demands a second or third thought in this creative picture book...that will spark the imagination."-- Booklist, starred review. Richard McGuire won the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal for The Orange Book (Universe/ Puffin). His illustrations have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, and other publications. He is also the author of What Goes Around Comes Around (Viking).

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The progress of time is illustrated by a sequence of objects and themes, including stream/river/ocean and street/highway/bridge.

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