One day Hannah wakes in the early hours of the morning. Everyone is fast
asleep, so Hannah does a few things she’s never done before. She gives
the cat a saucer of milk to lap. She eats cold cherries from the fridge
without asking. She borrows her sister’s doll…and her music box…and her
colored pencils. In the dim night light, everything is just a little
different from before, as if Hannah has stepped into another world.
Sakai evokes the hush of night with loose, expressive brushstrokes and
muted blues, punctuated by the occasional vibrant cherry or electric
pink stripes of pajamas. Perfectly capturing the private world of
discovery of a little girl, Hannah’s Night is a quiet treasure
that gets better with each rereading. Grades Pre-K–1.
When everyone is asleep, Hannah wakes up and discovers the quiet, exciting night-time world. She discovers a whole new world of adventure. With nobody awake to tell her off, she can do just as she pleases. The book combines simple language with beautifully textured images, capturing the innocence and wonder of young children at play.