Night Becomes Day
Located 600 miles from the North Pole, Longyearbyen (population: 2000) is perhaps the northernmost town in the world. With temperatures dipping below minus 20 degrees Celsius (and feeling colder with wind chill), this remote Arctic settlement does not see daylight for four months out of the year. It’s an unlikely place to go get a tan, but it has the perfect conditions for reading. Bury yourself under a mountain of blankets or curl up by a fire with your favorite book (or two), and don’t come out until the sun rises again (which would be sometime in February). Keep reading…
Night Becomes Day, written and illustrated by Richard McGuire, is a poetic journey through change. The unfolding sequence of transformations flow into one another. The text is simplistic, but in some cases the connection of the transformation is unclear (like “New becomes birthday”), so the illustrations help. Some of the transformations require a leap of the imagination to understand them.
The illustrations are airbrushed, simplistic lines with flat shapes. The art is very mechanical and technically designed. The colours are vibrant and sharp in contrast. McGuire’s compositions are brilliant; there is a constant sense of movement from one scene to another. Everything flows from one page to another.
Night Becomes Day, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author and Illustrator Richard McGuire
There wasn’t much I could find about this author and illustrator. He was born in New Jersey and after a career in music, he moved on to become a graphic designer and illustrator. If anyone out there has any info, please share.
To see more of Richard McGuire’s work, please visit his website: www.richard-mcguire.com
Publisher Viking Juvenile (September 1, 1994)