The Beach at Night by Elena Ferrante

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Not that this is a true picture book: with many text-only double-page spreads and illustrations that do little to extend the text, this book will try the patience of most young listeners. The Italian edition of this book is marketed to children 10 and up; the advertised audience in the United States of 6 to 10 feels just plain wrong.
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Named one of The Guardian's "Best Books of 2016"

From the author of My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante returns to a story that animated the novel she considers to be a turning point in her development as a a writer: The Lost Daughter. But this time the tale takes the form of a children's fable told from the point of view of the lost (stolen!) doll, Celina. Celina is having a terrible night, one full of jealousy for the new kitten, Minù, feelings of abandonment and sadness, misadventures at the hands of the beach attendant, and dark dreams. But she will be happily found by Mati, her child, once the sun rises. 

Accompanied by the oneiric illustrations of Mara Cerri, The Beach at Night is a story for all of Ferrante's many ardent fans.
 

About Elena Ferrante

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Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. She is the author of The Days of Abandonment (Europa, 2005), Troubling Love (Europa, 2007), and The Lost Daughter (Europa, 2009). Her Neapolitan novels include My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and the fourth and final book in the series, The Story of the Lost Child.

Author Residence: Unknown

Author Hometown: Naples, ItalyMara Cerri is considered to be among the best European illustrators, having been awarded the Premio "Lo Straniero" in 2008 as an exceptional Italian artist. Her works have appeared in the Washington Post, Coulmbia University Magazine, Galison and Guideposts.Illustrator Hometown: Pesaro, Italy
 
Published November 1, 2016 by Europa Editions. 48 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Oct 22 2016

Not that this is a true picture book: with many text-only double-page spreads and illustrations that do little to extend the text, this book will try the patience of most young listeners. The Italian edition of this book is marketed to children 10 and up; the advertised audience in the United States of 6 to 10 feels just plain wrong.

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Above average
Reviewed by Maria Russo on Oct 12 2016

I agree with Europeans and others who think we are often ridiculous and misguided in our attempts to “protect” children from literary material...For Ferrante’s grown-up readers, though, this book will be a small delight, another lovely and brutal glimpse of female subtext...

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