Synopses & Reviews
This wide-ranging collection of bedtime poems is an inspired baby gift that will find a treasured place on childrens nightstands everywhere.
From the hoot of an owl to the horns of the city, from children giggling in the bath to the hushed notes of a lullaby, here is an exquisite anthology that captures the universal poetry of bedtime. Expertly gathered by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, these sixty poems range from old favorite poets such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Sylvia Plath, and Eleanor Farjeon to beloved contemporary poets like Marilyn Singer, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Childrens Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman. Beautifully illustrated by G. Brian Karas with richness and whimsy, SWITCHING ON THE MOON is the perfect book to share with a child to usher in a night of sweet dreams.
"Following up on Here's a Little Poem, Yolen and Peters's 60-poem anthology reveals the many faces of nighttime through the words of these collaborators as well as poets that include Tennyson, Plath, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Mary Ann Hoberman. Some verses are comical (Colin West's 'Going to Bed': 'Go to bed early--/ Your hair grows curly./ Go to bed late--/ Your hair grows straight'), some are gentle (Polly Peters's 'Puff': 'All is safe. Now drift away/ On velvet dreams, from night to day'), and others are full of whimsy. With Karas's mixed-media illustrations creating a chalky, dreamlike atmosphere, this book is made for bedtime. Up to age 5. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Expertly gathered, these 60 poems range from old favorite poets such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Eleanor Farjeon to beloved contemporary poets like Marilyn Singer and Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman. Full color.
About the Author
Jane Yolen is the author of more than 300 books for children and young adults, including SOFT HOUSE, OWL MOON, and HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOOD NIGHT? She also collected poems for HERE'S A LITTLE POEM: A VERY FIRST BOOK OF POETRY. Jane Yolen divides her time between Massachusetts and Scotland.
Andrew Fusek Peters is a poet, anthologist, and playwright who has written and edited more than seventy childrens books. He also collected poems for HERE'S A LITTLE POEM: A VERY FIRST BOOK OF POETRY. He lives in Shropshire, England.
G. Brian Karas has illustrated close to ninety childrens books, including Megan McDonald's ANT AND HONEY BEE: A PAIR OF FRIENDS AT HALLOWEEN. He has also written and illustrated several titles, including HOME ON THE BAYOU, a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Honor winner. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.