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The Midnight Fair

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Your words, like your reviews, bring books to life and give them a voice before the front cover is even turned. Di Giorgio per The glowing watercolor, gouache, and colored-pencil illustrations are atmospheric and brilliantly rendered through lush washes of color and intriguing contrasts of dark and light, illuminating the setting and depicting an engaging tension between the wildness of the animals and the humanness of their behaviors and activities as fairgoers.

Carnegie medal shortlist spotlights real-life stories of

Notably a pair of bears ladened with an oversized prize teddy bear and a young wolf who wins a goldfish at a hoopla stall. One of this year’s shadowers, Luna from Runnymede Librarians, described The Midnight Fair as “one of a kind… a sublime book to read”, while Zion, Chioma and Jayda from St James Hatcham Book Club said, “this book will allow the reader’s imagination to run free”, and another reader, Jemima from St Margaret’s Prep added “the way the light makes everything glow is magical.You guys were so fab and Dawn was such a lovely presence in the schools - I will absolutely be in touch next time I'm in your neck of the woods.

The Midnight Fair – Wordless Books

The Yoto Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to an author whose writing creates an outstanding reading experience for children or young people. One warm night, after Papi leaves the window space open, two wrens begin making a nest in the bathroom.Di Giorgio alternates panels depicting the last of the animals’ activities (grabbing one last ride and clearing up their litter) with a parallel storyline: the fairground manager has woken and is heading their way. The animals including a bear, rabbits, deer, raccoon, cat, fox, and many many more, watch for all the people heading home from the fair waiting for their turn to enjoy themselves.

ALCS | Story about off-grid living wins Yoto Carnegie Medal

The story was inspired by Balen’s father-in-law who lives off-grid, and her own love of mudlarking and the outdoors. The carnival is in town and after it closes for the night a group of animals go to the circus and have the night of their lives. We should give kids credit for being able to enjoy a storyline while holding the truth that treating goldfish in this way is unkind.A home-renovation project is interrupted by a family of wrens, allowing a young girl an up-close glimpse of nature. As the night goes on, the illustrations take on the delirious, slightly queasy-making quality of a real night at the fair.

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