Night of the Gargoyles by Eve Bunting

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St. Albans, England; David Bennett Books; 1995; First United Kingdom Edition; 11 1/2"H x 8 1/2"W; Hardcover; As New in Near Fine dust jacket; Grey Reiorced Hardcover;; When night comes, the gargoyles creep on stubbs of feet along the high ledges. They swoop down to hunch with gargoyle friends around the fountain and mock the watchman as he passes by. Eve Bunting's lyrical yet humourous text and David Wiesner's rich monochrome illustrations join forces to create a marvellously spooky book. (Great, but recomended for adults and hard to scare children.)
 

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EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. She lives in Southern California. David Wiesner's interest in visual storytelling dates back to high school days when he made silent movies and drew wordless comic books. Born and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey, he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. While a student, he created a painting nine feet long, which he now recognizes as the genesis of Free Fall, his first book of his own authorship, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor Medal in 1989. David won his first Caldecott Medal in 1992 for Tuesday, and he has gone on to win twice more: in 2002 for The Three Pigs and in 2007 for Flotsam. He is only the second person in the award's history to win the Caldecott Medal three times. David and his wife, Kim Kahng, and their two children live near Philadelphia, where he devotes full time to illustration and she pursues her career as a surgeon.
 
Published January 1, 1995 by David Bennett Books. 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At night a motley assortment of gargoyles come alive to "creep on stubs of feet," to fly "if they have gargoyle wings, straight up to lick the stars with long stone tongues," or to land in "sleeping trees."

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In a starred review of this 1995 Caldecott winner, PW praised the ""thought-provoking"" and ""thoroughly believable"" text, about urban violence, and the ""dazzling"" mixed-media collages.

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Although they're neighbors, Daniel's cat and Mrs. Kim's cat don't get along.

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A refreshing alternative to the tinsel and sugarplum commercialism of many Christmas offerings, Bunting's ( In the Haunted House ;

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PW called this Christmas story an ``arrestingly simple tale'' that ``resonates with genuine warmth.'' Ages 4-8.

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At night, while the city sleeps, they creep from their perches, clambering to the windows of the museum, where they ``peer,/ nearsighted,/ into rooms where mummies lie/ in boxes, long and thin/ as coffins, ribboned round/ with painted boats and figures.'' They then gather at the fountain to compa...

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Moody, charcoal-powder drawings dramatize a tale of the secret life of gargoyles.

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(Clarion Books, $ 14.95) Ages 4-8 Contributors: Ben Harte, Marlene McCampbell, Kristin McMurran, Susan Toepfer.

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