Night Animals by Gianna Marino

Night Animals

Written by Gianna Marino
Illustrated by


Night Animals by Gianna Marino

A silly twist on a bedtime tale! First Possum hears it. Then Skunk. Then Wolf comes running. Something's out there in the dark! What could it possibly be? asks Bat. Night Animals! the animals declare. But you are night animals, Bat informs this crew. But they are oh-so-funny, and children will love the humor and twist on a cozy bedtime book.


RAVE REVIEWS FOR NIGHT ANIMALS * Truly remarkable illustrations clearly convey the book's raucous activity and feature beautifully rendered animals standing in sharp contrast to pitch black backgrounds...This eye-catching, slapstick foray into the worrisome night will light up the room with smiles. - Booklist, starred review

A good title to share with children who may be afraid of the dark to help them see the lighter side of fear. - School Library Journal

In Marino's sweet-tempered nocturnal comedy, large, scary animals flee from the threat of still larger and scarier animals...Bonus visual subplots involves Skunk's stench and Possum's tendency to... play possum. The spreads are polished, the story moves fast, and the laughs keep coming. - Publishers Weekly

.. .exuberant and gorgeous... --Publishers Weekly, starred review

--School Library Journal, starred review

A gorgeous, comforting book that provides a lovely counterpoint to Marino's Meet Me at the Moon (2012). --Booklist


Marino's breathtaking panoramas make an already powerful story sing. --Publishers Weekly, starred review

Heartfelt and sincere, yet never cloying, this will work well one on one or in story hours. --Booklist


The animals are full of heartfelt emotions, from anger and frustration to happy contentment...This story about friendship and togetherness contains a great lesson without being didactic or moralizing and should be welcome in most collections. --School Library Journal, starred review

.. .a story of friendship that youngsters can understand and relate to. --Library Media Connection

About the Author

Gianna Marino spent her early years galloping horses through Golden Gate Park and writing stories of her adventures. She has traveled throughout the world and now lives in Northern California, where she writes and illustrates full time. Visit Gianna at

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40 pages


Gianna Marino
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Viking Juvenile an imprint of Penguin Putnam Inc

Publication date

29th July 2015



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