Smoky Night by Eve BuntingSmoky Night by Eve Bunting

Smoky Night

byEve BuntingIllustratorDavid Diaz

Paperback | April 20, 1999

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Eve Bunting's heartfelt story and David Diaz's dramatic illustrations create a compelling child's-eye view of urban violence. A young boy and his mother are forced to flee their apartment during a night of rioting in Los Angeles. Fires and looting force neighbors-who have always avoided one another-to come together in the face of danger and concern for their missing pets. David Diaz was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his bold acrylic paint and photo-collage illustrations.

Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere . She lives in Southern California. David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Smoky Night by Eve Bunt...
Title:Smoky NightFormat:PaperbackDimensions:40 pages, 10 × 10 × 0.13 inPublished:April 20, 1999Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152018840

ISBN - 13:9780152018849

Appropriate for ages: 6


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought provoking A thought provoking book based on the Los Angeles riots. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book but it would be a great conversation starter and brings up many important points that we need to think about in this day and age.
Date published: 2018-05-20

From Our Editors

During a night of riots in Los Angeles, a little boy and his mother have to abandon their apartment. They aren’t the only ones driven from their homes by the fires and looting: neighbours from all around find themselves depending on each other. Among the chaos emerge feelings of friendship and understanding in Eve Bunting’s child’s-eye tale of urban violence. Smoky Night’s Caldecott Medal-winning illustrations by David Diaz will win your heart.

Editorial Reviews

Winner of the Caldecott Medal An ALA Notable Children's Book An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists A Hungry Mind Review Book of Distinction A Publishers Weekly Children's Bestseller A Parents' Choice Award Winner A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year Diaz has not been afraid to take risks in illustrating the story with thickly textured paintings against a background of torn-paper and found-object collage. Without becoming cluttered or gimmicky, these pictures manage to capture a calamitous atmosphere that finally calms. . . . Both author and artist have managed to portray a politically charged event without pretense or preaching." -The Bulletin "Monumental." - The New York Times Book Review "Visually exciting." - Publishers Weekly "A memorable, thought-provoking book." - The Horn Book "Outstandingly handsome . . . an excellent vehicle for discussion." - Kirkus Reviews "[A] powerful story." - School Library Journal "A remarkable book." - The Hungry Mind Review "Bunting takes a serious subject . . . and makes it understandable for children." - Instructor "