All Through the Night

Harold Boulton, Author, John Ceiriog Hughes, Author, Kate Alizadeh, Illustrator, Harold Boulton, Translator
John Ceiriog Hughes, trans. from the Welsh by Sir Harold Boulton, illus. by Kate Alizadeh. Simply Read (Ingram, dist.), $12.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-927018-09-5
Reviewed on: 05/20/2013
Release date: 05/01/2013
This traditional Welsh lullaby receives fine treatment with Alizadeh’s spare and evocative paintings. Illustrations appear on the right side of each spread, matching a verse on the left. The opening bedtime image of a mother and child with dot eyes and red cheeks—rendered in soft brush strokes in muted reds, yellows, and blues—sets a calming tone. For the second verse (“Guardian angels God will send you,/ All through the night”) three angels appear as doll-like children with wings (one of them resembling the child from the opening scene) against a swirly gray-blue sky with gold stars. Alizadeh’s illustrations include expansive bird’s-eye views of tiny houses on hills, guarded by a large, attentive moon; a close-up of sleeping birds; and several depictions of the child in bed, floating among white clouds, or being guarded by hovering angels. A welcome rendition of a gentle bedtime song. Ages 3–7. (June)
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