40 pages, 10 × 10 × 0.24 in
April 20, 1999
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0152018840
ISBN - 13: 9780152018849
From the Publisher
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.
About the Author
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 Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belpre Honor Award winner. An illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, he is also a painter and an accomplished ceramic artist. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.
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.
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