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ISBN13: 9780374343583
ISBN10: 0374343586
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Staff Pick

Hyewon Yum's Last Night is a beautiful wordless picture book. It tells the story of a young girl and her teddy bear and the adventures they have in the woods one night. The story is reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are, and the unique linocut illustrations make Last Night a book to treasure.
Recommended by Adam P., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

A little girl doesn't like her dinner and is sent to her room. She seeks comfort from her friend Bear and falls asleep. So begins a fantastic dream voyage deep into the forest, where the girl and her friend dance and play all night. And in the morning, mother and child make up.

With brilliant linocut illustrations and not a single word to break the spell, this picture book marks an impressive American debut for Hyewon Yum.

Review:

"In stunning linoleum block prints, debut artist Yum imagines a little girl who dreams of a night in the forest with her teddy bear. Pleasure and anxiety intertwine through the wordless spreads; the prints are like a diary in which Yum records everything the girl feels. Rough-cut figures are backlit with eerie pinks and yellows. Full-bleed spreads give the sense that there's nowhere to hide. Hunched in a corner, addressed by a mother represented only by her looming shadow, the girl is sent to bed for not finishing her dinner. As she sleeps, her teddy bear grows huge and awakens her. After a moment's doubt, she follows him into the woods, where, in a series of joyful double-page spreads, they cavort with two foxes, and the bear feasts on fish. Soon, though, the girl longs for home. An owl startles her in the dark. Instead of cuddling up to her furry companion, she lies awake in the forest until morning finds her back in her bed and eager for a hug from her mother. Some picture books are written for children; this one gives a sense of what it's like to be one. Ages 3 — 6." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A little girl doesnt like her dinner and is sent to her room. She seeks comfort from her friend Bear and falls asleep. So begins a fantastic dream voyage deep into the forest, where the girl and her friend dance and play all night. And in the morning, mother and child make up.

With brilliant linocut illustrations and not a single word to break the spell, this picture book marks an impressive American debut for Hyewon Yum.

About the Author

HYEWON YUM was born in South Korea and studied painting and printmaking at Seoul National University. She received her master of fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and presently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Jorge, April 15, 2009 (view all comments by Jorge)
This picture book is about a little girl who's unhappy about her dinner and is sent to her room where she falls asleep. Her stuffed bear takes her on an unforgettable journey, where she meets new friends and learns the difficulties of being away from home. Upon awakening from her dream, she realizes her mom, and her dinner, were not that bad after all. Though the artwork could have been a little more kid-friendly, its moral lesson is clear. This is a great book for children not quite able to read, but eager to pick up a book. They will also be able to use their imagination and put it in their own dialogue.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374343583
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Author:
Yum, Hyewon
Subject:
Stories without words
Subject:
Dreams
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Bedtime & Dreams
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Family/General (see also headings under Social Issues)
Subject:
Family - Parents
Edition Description:
Anniversary Edi
Publication Date:
20080930
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from P up to 1
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
7.88 x 8.72 x 0.39 in
Age Level:
04-06

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Product details 40 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374343583 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Hyewon Yum's Last Night is a beautiful wordless picture book. It tells the story of a young girl and her teddy bear and the adventures they have in the woods one night. The story is reminiscent of Where the Wild Things Are, and the unique linocut illustrations make Last Night a book to treasure.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In stunning linoleum block prints, debut artist Yum imagines a little girl who dreams of a night in the forest with her teddy bear. Pleasure and anxiety intertwine through the wordless spreads; the prints are like a diary in which Yum records everything the girl feels. Rough-cut figures are backlit with eerie pinks and yellows. Full-bleed spreads give the sense that there's nowhere to hide. Hunched in a corner, addressed by a mother represented only by her looming shadow, the girl is sent to bed for not finishing her dinner. As she sleeps, her teddy bear grows huge and awakens her. After a moment's doubt, she follows him into the woods, where, in a series of joyful double-page spreads, they cavort with two foxes, and the bear feasts on fish. Soon, though, the girl longs for home. An owl startles her in the dark. Instead of cuddling up to her furry companion, she lies awake in the forest until morning finds her back in her bed and eager for a hug from her mother. Some picture books are written for children; this one gives a sense of what it's like to be one. Ages 3 — 6." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
A little girl doesnt like her dinner and is sent to her room. She seeks comfort from her friend Bear and falls asleep. So begins a fantastic dream voyage deep into the forest, where the girl and her friend dance and play all night. And in the morning, mother and child make up.

With brilliant linocut illustrations and not a single word to break the spell, this picture book marks an impressive American debut for Hyewon Yum.

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