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The Night Flight

Illustrated by Amy Schwartz

Tucked into bed after a long day of playing, Anna’s imagination brings her to her favorite park—enhanced with magical qualities she’s never seen before—in Joanne Ryder’s exciting bedtime tale.

When the park lamps glow, Anna knows it’s time to leave the old stone lion, the pigeons, and the shy goldfish that keep her company during the daylight.

As the bedtime approaches and her father shuts off her light, Anna’s imagination takes flight and brings her back to the park she loves. But in the cover of night, the park is now magical and filled with friendly crocodiles, energetic monkeys, and a lion who takes Anna to his secret waterfall.

“With flattened perspectives and variegated tones, Schwartz paints, like Rousseau, a primitive world of friendly beasts and tangled vegetation.” – School Library Journal

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Joanne Ryder is the award-winning author of numerous children's books about the natural world, including Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo. Some of her other books include Bears Out There, Chipmunk Song, The Snail's Spell, and White Bear, Ice Bear. Before becoming a full-time writer, Joanne worked as a children's book editor in New York City. She lives in California.


Amy Schwartz has written and illustrated many classic books for children, including Bea and Mr. Jones, a Reading Rainbow featured title; What James Likes Best, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award; A Teeny Tiny Baby; Tiny & Hercules; Starring Miss DarleneA Beautiful Girl; and I Can’t Wait. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, children’s book historian Leonard S. Marcus, and their son, Jacob.

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