Elsa and the Night

elsa and the nightElsa, a badger, finds something neither animal nor a ghost underneath her sofa. It is the Night. She shuts the trembling thing in an old cake tin with some raisins and puts it in the basement. Without Night, Elsa’s town never gets dark. The asphalt roads melt and the people are dizzy and quarrelsome for lack of sleep. Elsa gives in and lets Night out. Night comforts her as she tells of her traveling the globe, her career as a lighthouse keeper, and her beloved elephant companion Olaf. Night passes back through the town and tucks everyone into bed. Blocky silkscreen illustrations in plum, sienna, umber, and olive accompany this strange melancholy story. mjw
Title: Elsa and the Night
Author: Jons Mellgren
: Jons Mellgren
: Little Gestalten, an imprint of Die Gestalten Verlag GmbH and Co KG, Berlin
: 2014
Original Language
: Swedish
: Anita Shenoi
Original Title
: Sigrid och Natten
Original Publisher
: Natur & Kultur, Stockholm
Original Copyright
: 2013
: 978-3-89955-716-9
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-8
: Picture book
Author’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Author’s residence
: Sweden
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Swedish
Illustrator’s residence
: Sweden
: Animals, Badgers, Bedtime, Night

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