Switch on the Night by Leo and Diane Dillon

It’s been a while since I’ve posted – (and no, I’m only halfway with colouring in the “Unexpected Tea Party drawing that I posted about last time!)

In any case, I wanted to share an illustrated children’s book I found in a second hand bookshop yesterday.  It is called “Switch on the Night”, is written by Ray Bradbury, and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon who I also wrote about in this post.

The story is about  a boy who is afraid of the dark.  He does his best to light up every room he is in:

Notice the Escher-like distortions of perspective.  Here is another image, showing his parents walking through the house, switching off the lights:

And the next image shows the boy switching all the lights back on again, to keep the night away:

Later in the story, he meets a friend who introduces him to all the beautiful things that can be found in the dark, like stars, crickets and frogs.  They boy learns to love the night just as much as the day.  There are many lovely images, but I’ve chosen my favourite one:

And the story ends with a lovely night time scene in a park:

The book itself is quite small, a real jewel. There are many other images that I have not shared here, all of them very detailed and unexpected.  The daytime images are printed on white pages, and the night time images are on black pages. Unfortunately the drawings have an odd speckled quality that make the scans look low quality, but they are very fine in the book itself.

For those of you in Cape Town, the bookshop where I found this book is called “Folio”, and is in Main Rd Rondebosch  near the intersection with Klipper road. It is small but full of great books, as well as a friendly bookshop cat 🙂


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pavinee
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 18:35:54

    Oh…beautiful. I wish we had a nice second hand bookshop here in Bangkok. Well, actually we have but they mostly focus on fiction books and lovely children’s books are hard to find.

    Hope you are doing well, Masha 🙂

  2. mashadutoit
    Feb 03, 2011 @ 19:50:13

    Thanks, yes, things are good – we’ve just had a heavy warm rain storm to break the heat wave we’ve been having for the last couple of days and everything smells of rain 🙂

    We are lucky to have lots of interesting second hand bookshops here in Cape Town.

  3. Beverley Cunliffe
    Feb 14, 2011 @ 10:24:31

    Found ‘Folio’ on a recent visit to Cape Town and spent a wonderful morning acquiring a number of books on my wishlist. Thank you so much for the recommendation! 🙂

  4. ray
    Mar 06, 2011 @ 14:16:08

    Hey,I love your great recommendation about the book, really thx ^-^~
    I translate part of this post into Chinese.
    check here:http://www.douban.com/note/138259952/

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