Night Play
It's time for bed. Everyone is asleep. Or are they?Arlo and his stuffed animal friends like to put on pretend plays. But after Arlo falls asleep, his friends don't want to stop. Can they work together to put on their play?Through fanciful paintings and a lively text, Lizi Boyd has once again tapped into the imaginary world of children. Her hallmark use of die-cut pages, along with a showstopping gatefold, will have readers of all ages shouting "Bravo!"

Night Play Details

TitleNight Play
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 6th, 2018
PublisherChronicle Books
ISBN-139781452155296
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Humor

Night Play Review

  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    When Arlo drifts off to sleep in this creative picture-book tribute to the power of the imagination and of make-believe, his toys carry on, working on Act 2 of the play they were all putting together. Their shenanigans, beautifully captured on the die-cute pages, wake Arlo, who joins them for Act 3, before everyone finally goes to bed...Like I Wrote You a Note , the only other title from author/illustrator Lizi Boyd that I have read, I enjoyed the artwork in Night Play immensely. Created in gou When Arlo drifts off to sleep in this creative picture-book tribute to the power of the imagination and of make-believe, his toys carry on, working on Act 2 of the play they were all putting together. Their shenanigans, beautifully captured on the die-cute pages, wake Arlo, who joins them for Act 3, before everyone finally goes to bed...Like I Wrote You a Note , the only other title from author/illustrator Lizi Boyd that I have read, I enjoyed the artwork in Night Play immensely. Created in gouache, it has a charming almost-collage-like feeling to it, that perfectly matches the stage/play theme of the story. The die-cut pages at the center of the book enliven the reading experiences, and suggest such things as stage curtains and scene shifts. I don't know that the text here was particularly strong (something I noticed too in I Wrote You a Note ), but the central story idea is so well-matched to the artwork that I enjoyed this one all the same. Recommended to anyone looking for new picture-books about bedtime, imaginative play, and the curious activities our playthings get up to, after we fall asleep.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Although a young boy named Arlo loves creating and acting out plays with his stuffed animal friends, he's too tired to continue one night. But his actors aren't quite ready for sleep so they continue the drama while he slumbers. Not only does this picture book capture the imagination of children and what they might dream of having happen, but it features pages of various sizes that can be lifted or moved aside like curtains on an actual stage to reveal the animals going through their paces in va Although a young boy named Arlo loves creating and acting out plays with his stuffed animal friends, he's too tired to continue one night. But his actors aren't quite ready for sleep so they continue the drama while he slumbers. Not only does this picture book capture the imagination of children and what they might dream of having happen, but it features pages of various sizes that can be lifted or moved aside like curtains on an actual stage to reveal the animals going through their paces in various acts. There is even a huge fold-out near the end. The images are created with gouache and feature cheerful colors. While I didn't like this one quite as much as some of Boyd's earlier work, I must give her credit for being able to peer into the minds of imaginative little boys like the one featured here. Haven't many of us wondered about what our stuffed animal friends get up to while we are in bed, fast asleep?
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  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    A bedtime story told in three acts featuring Arlo, and his friends as he prepares for bed and sleep. Although Arlo falls asleep none of his friends are ready for bed, and decide to put on a stage play.
  • Liz Handler
    January 1, 1970
    What if your dream was performed as a play?
  • Alyssa Gudenburr
    January 1, 1970
    Very unique cut outs for the pages but the story was lacking.
  • Annese
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE the art and book design. Too bad it had this lackluster story to go with it.
  • Mary Lee
    January 1, 1970
    Fun die-cut pages and gate fold, but the story is hard to follow.
  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    This was hard to read, in that I actually had a difficult time figuring out how to turn the pages (it was a long day at the library...). Visually appealing, but needed a stronger plot. Ages 3-5.
  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    January 1, 1970
    Bright, colorful, and beautifully designed illustrations, but lacks any real narrative.
  • Tracie
    January 1, 1970
    A child and animals put on a play before bedtime.
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