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The Night Eater

Written & Illustrated by Ana Juan


A stunning new picture book from the illustrator of Frida.

Every morning the Night Eater runs through the sky, gobbling up the darkness. He eats cloudy nights as light as cotton candy, and deep dark nights that taste of bitter chocolate. His favorites are bright clear nights, with stars that tickle his nose as he swallows.

But then one day, teased for gaining weight, the Night Eater decided to stop his nibbling. Without him to devour the dark, the night animals refused to go back to their dens, the earth grew pale and cold, and children everywhere yearned for the sun. Could they convince the Night Eater to return to the skies?

With a fresh, lyrical voice and breathtaking illustrations, Ana Juan weaves an enchanting tale of friendship, magic, and self-acceptance. Young readers will discover how delicious the night can be with the Night Eater as a favorite new bedtime companion.


Reviews and Awards

Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Selection
Ezra Jack Keats Award

⋆ "This book is gorgeous: every spread holds surprises, from hybrid creatures to an algae-green mermaid, all of whom look at home in the Dal-esque landscapes. Juan's unpredictable paintings, whose uncanny imagery is the stuff of dreams, will wow readers." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

⋆ "Rounded Shapes, floating images, and star-shine hues make the pictures seem more like fine art than illustration." - Booklist, starred review

⋆"The sense of magic realism in this story is matched in Juan's richly colored acrylic-and-wax paintings. The pages are filled with appealing denizens of day and night, both real and imaginary. This delightful take will appeal to children's imaginations." - School Library Journal, starred review.

"Unlike many bedtime books with elaborate visions that draw browsing parents, this one will also please drowsing readers, making it a particularly happy choice for repeated readalouds with sustained interest from both reader and readee." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"An engaging tale, made even more memorable by Juan's distinctive style and vision." - Kirkus Reviews


Purchase Options
Indiebound • Amazon • Barnes & Noble


Fall 2004
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-439-48891-5
Price: $16.95/$22.99
Trim Size: 12" x 9"
Page Count: 40 SE
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes


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