The Whole Night Through: A Lullaby

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While the rhino is nestling in its bed and the lions are snoring, a young leopard refuses to go to sleep, but unbeknownst to him, he is soon in for a big surprise, in a vibrantly illustrated lullaby for little ones.

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The rhymes in this book come from conversations David Frampton has had with children. He crafted each line from the questions and comments they had about animals. It's true! A child asked him if a rhino's went "beep-beep." And so, the "My" in the title does not refer to David himself, but to the individual children who inspired each of the rhymes.

In his own words...

This is me with all the wood that I carved to make the woodcuts for this book. What is a woodcut? It is a picture that is cut into a piece of wood, then covered with paint and squeezed against a piece of paper. Each picture in this book is made from four separate woodcuts, one for each color. Did you ever step in a puddle and then leave footprints as you walked along? Well, making woodcuts is a bit like that and just as much fun.

New Hampshire is where I have been living and working on woodcuts for the past twenty-five years. We (my wife and two children) love our small town with its quiet ways and friendly people, Our house is near the town center, where you will find one store, a firehouse, and the town library that used to be a one-room schoolhouse. To complete the picture, add a moose, a bear, and a million trees. I have been making woodcuts for children's books for many years, but this is the first one that I have written and illustrated. our kids grew up without a television. No TV, but there were so many wonderful books. It was by reading to them night after night that I learned about the words and sounds and rhythms that kids love to hear. These are the sounds in my own stories--The Whole Night Through, as well as several new ones that I am currently working on.

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In the first book he has written as well as illustrated, woodcut artist Frampton (Riding the Tiger) offers up a delightfully cheeky jungle-themed bedtime serenade. A determinedly wide-eyed leopard cub acts as the jubilant narrator, guiding readers through the exotic night landscape: "The rhino nestles in his bed/ an egret perched upon his head/ the crocodile is sleeping too/ the kinkajou/ the cockatoo/ They're sound asleep across the land/ If you're not sleepy raise your hand!" As the playful leopard continues his slumberland census, readers are treated to a visual feast of vibrant, elegantly graphic woodcut animal portraits, each one set against a background of royal purple. For the most part, the interior illustrations outdo the cover art in their complexity and sophistication. Frampton delineates a dozing monkey "dreaming of bananas" in swooping arcs, and renders his fur in patterns of triangles that bring to mind an elaborate tribal tattoo; a snake ("sleeping peacefully/ like ribbon candy in a tree") is a swirl of fluorescent red and blue stripes, giving his skin the appearance of a time-delay photograph of nighttime traffic. It's hard to believe the leopard could succumb to sleep after so many pages of visual fireworks, but he does what's more, he persuasively argues that it's time for his readers to get some shut-eye, too. Ages 3-6.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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