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The Lights that Dance in the Night

Written by Yuval Zommer

Illustrated by Yuval Zommer

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The Lights that Dance in the Night Review

Books for Babies and Toddlers Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers Geography Star Books The Natural World

A magical, lyrical ode to the soul-stirring beauty of the northern lights, and to the landscape and animals of the Arctic

Yuval Zommer’s enchanting picture book conjuration of the majesty of the northern lights and Arctic landscape is a seasonal delight that little ones will want to return to time and time again.

Both the poetic text and magically stylised illustrations are mesmerising. This is a beautiful book to read aloud to share the wonders of the northern lights, and also a book children will adore poring over in their own time, delighting in the illustrative details while reciting the beguiling text. Much like the lights it describes, Zommer’s language dances - it skips off the page and over the tongue. The story is also suffused in a sense of light-through-darkness hope and togetherness. With subtle sparkles on its cover providing additional seasonal appeal, this is an utter joy.

Joanne Owen

The Lights that Dance in the Night Synopsis

In this wonderfully festive picture book, Yuval Zommer imagines the Northern Lights' fleeting journey from space to Earth and how they weave a special magic for the animals and people living in the frozen lands below.

The Lights that Dance in the Night Press Reviews

Praise for Yuval Zommer's The Tree That's Meant to Be:

Internal rhymes, a simple text, glitter and atmospheric scenes make this picture book a treat. - The Sunday Times Best Children's Books of the Year 2019

Praise for Yuval Zommer's A Thing Called Snow:

A lyrical tale which holds great hope and warmth. - Picture Book Blogger

Stunning artwork accompanies this story of best friends Fox and Hare as they journey through the forest on a quest to discover what snow is. A seasonal celebration of the natural world. - Sunday Express

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ISBN: 9780192769848
Publication date: 07/10/2021
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192769848
Publication date: 7th October 2021
Author: Yuval Zommer
Illustrator: Yuval Zommer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Geography, The Natural World
Recommendations: Star Books
Collections: Our Top Children's Christmas Book Recommendations for 2021, Best Children's Books of 2021,

About Yuval Zommer

Yuval Zommer graduated from London’s Royal College of Art with an MA in Illustration. He has worked as a creative director at many leading advertising agencies. Yuval’s passion for picture books has now won, and he is the author/illustrator of many highly acclaimed children’s books. Yuval lives and works in an old house in Notting Hill where he overlooks a small garden which is visited by urban foxes, squirrels, birds and many insects, some of which later find their way into his stories. His other favourite places are The Natural History Museum and ...

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