One Stormy Night (Red Fox Mini Treasure)

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9780099407812: One Stormy Night (Red Fox Mini Treasure)

Chills abound in this delightful ghost story set in an ancient country manor house. But the scares are perfectly suited to very young readers--the ghost in question is an adorably charming puppy. Young readers discover why shivers follow the little dog wherever he goes. Acrylic-paint illus.

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From Publishers Weekly:

Brown ( The Picnic ; Our Puppy's Vacation ) amply demonstrates her ability to craft a mood piece as she follows the arrival and passing of a country storm. In spare, suspenseful text and with rich full-spread paintings, Brown evokes a dog's-eye view of a darkly gothic setting, a looming stone manor assailed by howling winds. As the "iron gate creaks and the black cat hisses," a small white dog searches for shelter during the tempest-tossed night. Brown's realistic illustrations take on a narrative life of their own, capturing the sweeping landscape, the imposing estate and the uneasy animals in inky blacks and warm sepias. At the end, with the storm lifting just before dawn, Brown's palette shifts to violets and then to pale greens and yellows, counterpointing her final, agreeably shivery surprise: the little dog returns to its haven within a timeworn church--animated only by the singularly stormy night, the dog is better known as a stone figure on a carved tomb. Ages 4-6.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

The wind is howling, but a full moon shines the night the little white dog comes in the wrought-iron gate to explore a stately home dating back to Elizabethan times. The cat hisses; the big brown dog by the fire (under an old portrait of three children with a dog that looks like the visitor) awakes and barks; even an owl is uneasy at the little dog's passing. Then, at dawn, the dog goes to the church, leaps up to the recumbent statue of his master, and becomes stone--part of the effigy on his tomb. The brief, quiet text adds some pleasing shivers, but this appealing, wholly benign ghost story is best told in Brown's beautiful watercolors, in rich grays warmed with touches of moonlight and the fire's glow. The old house is cozily shadowed and spooky; the animals are observed with precision and affection. A truly charming, offbeat alternative for Halloween or anytime. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright 1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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