Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Review: 'The Usborne Book of Night Time' by Laura Cowan and Bonnie Pang

You know you're a competition addict when you receive a package and have no idea where it's come from! That happened with me just before Christmas, when a gorgeous hardback book arrived. I'm pretty sure it's not a review copy, it didn't look like someone had sent it as a gift, but I also wasn't contacted to say I'd won it. So I'm just going to assume it was from one of the many book giveaways I enter, and write a review anyway because it's just so pretty!!

'The Usborne Book of Night Time' is exactly what you'd expect and so much more. It's an exploration of what happens when the sun goes down in different places - the city, countryside, even in factories and the ISS!

I love this first spread, not only for all the little details but also because it shows how different jobs involve working at different times. I imagine this would be really good for children of shift workers, to see their family represented and understand how their parents' routines differ from others. I also love that it shows families in an apartment block - so often you see family life represented in big suburban semis, so it's great to acknowledge different family homes.

I think the countryside spread would be a big hit with a lot of children - animals are always a winner! Although it might be a bit upsetting to see predators out catching mice and so on, it's a good way to start introducing the idea of food chains. I also really like that it shows scientists studying moths, showing that science covers lots of different areas. The use of light and shade in the illustrations is beautiful, as it is throughout the book

I was really torn about which spreads to show in this review as they're all gorgeous, but I really love the colours in the sea illustrations. I found it rally fascinating reading about coral, there are facts in there I didn't even know!

This would be a fantastic book for preschoolers and early school-age children to learn about all sorts of different topics through the uniting theme of night time. It may even make children who are afraid of the dark feel a bit better about the night time by exploring it more deeply. I've only scratched the surface in this review - there are pages about night time in other parts of the world, covering topics such as transport, astronomy and space exploration too.

There really is lots to learn and discuss in this book. I'm really looking forward to reading it with Toddler when he's a bit older, at the moment he doesn't really have the attention span or understanding but I think it'll be a great book to explore together in a few months time.

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  1. I just love the look of this. So much to be discovered, perfect for a little bed time reading too! #readwithme

  2. I want this for myself never mind my children. Great look to it and will make you think I am sure. Good conversation starter with children too. #ReadWithMe

  3. This looks like a fantastic factual book. I'm sure my niece and nephew would enjoy it and I suspect the adults could learn something from it too.

  4. Oh this looks beautiful! And it covers so many things that get lost in the usual topics of books - I can't think of another young children's book that mentions shift workers at all for example. #readwithme

  5. This book looks beautiful and I think it's interesting for children to know that a lot goes on at night while they're asleep. It looks like a great book for a classroom library.


  6. What a nice surprise for you. And it looks a lovely book too #readwithme

  7. We have a similar book like this from Usborne that has flaps to lift up, I think it's aimed at slightly younger children, my 3yo loves it. Usborne make some gorgeous books.
    I love that you have no idea where the book came from! #ReadWithMe

  8. This looks lovely - the light really seems to glow on those illustrations! #readwithme

  9. This looks gorgeous! Usborne are really outstanding at these kinds of books.

  10. I'm always a fan of Usborne's non fiction range and this looks like another cracker. Sounds great.

  11. This sounds like such a wonderful book, I love how explains the different things and places around night time and the illustrations look fantastic too #KLTR