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Smoky Night

byEve BuntingIllustratorDavid Diaz

Paperback | April 20, 1999

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Two comical, easy-to-read capers starring shy-dog Buster and his bolder buddy Phoebe as they solve backyard mysteries involving skunks, raccoons, and buried dog" treasure. It's backyard troubles galore for canine friends Buster and Phoebe in two easy-to-read adventures. The trouble begins when Buster and Phoebe get blamed for trashing the backyard and hatch a plan to find the real garbage bandit. But first they have to stay awake and keep away from skunks! Next, the pals search for buried "bone" treasures only to quibble about which bones belong to which dog. Buster may be shy but he's smart enough to claim what's rightfully his and kind enough to share it, too."
Lisze Bechtold lives in Pasadena, California.She is an award-winning independent filmmaker and former animator for various studios, including Walt Disney. The idea for this story came from many memories living with the real Buster and Phoebe. For a game starring Buster, visit for a game starring Buster. ...
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


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 "