While I Slept

Gary Bilezikian, Author Orchard Books (NY) $12.95 (30p) ISBN 978-0-531-05875-6
The sounds and sights of the night are portrayed in streamlined verse and artwork in Bilezikian's first picture book. ``While I slept,'' says a boy, ``a cricket chirped, / and far off / in the night / a lonely bird sang: / `tweet.' '' Each page contains a phrase and highlights a single item: a brown leaf hangs suspended in a midnight blue sky, a radiator hisses steam, a golden dog barks. Moonlight weaves the images together until, at book's end, ``The moon set . . . and the sun rose in my window to say: / `hello.' '' Though this book is not as rich in language or lush in art as Ryder and Nolan's Step into the Night , Bilezikian's plain style is suitable for the preschool audience toward which this quiet work is directed. Just like a lullaby, the simple language will soothe young readers who wonder what happens while they are asleep. Ages 3-6. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/01/1990
Release date: 08/01/1990
Hardcover - 30 pages - 978-0-531-08475-5
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