DARK ON LIGHT
By: Dianne White
Illustrated by: Felicita Sala
Published: December 6, 2022
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
Poetic phrases and wonderful illustrations share a story of siblings exploring at night while also looking for their dog. The adventure is more exciting because, at nighttime, their surroundings look different. The hedge that borders the lawn is dark and the stones along the garden shimmer in the light.
Three siblings get excited when an owl flies overhead but the words don’t tell you that, the illustrations do. The lyrical and rhyming text is a background to the illustrations on the page. You don’t realize a pet is lost until it is found. You don’t realize it is a bedtime story until the soothing words lull you under a blanket until you are fast asleep.
This is a different type of bedtime story but one that also highlights the beauty of the darkness outside and all that can be explored and seen if we look for it. This unexpected adventure for three siblings can be a reminder to explore the nighttime beauty in your backyard.
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Dianne White is fond of lavender blooms and the way an orange moon hangs in the evening sky. She’s the author of several picture books, including the award-winning Blue on Blue, illustrated by Caldecott medalist Beth Krommes, and Green on Green, illustrated by Felicita Sala. Dianne lives with her family in Gilbert, Arizona, where many nights at twilight, the desert blazes rose on sapphire on dark on light. For more information visit diannewrites.com.
Felicita Sala is a self-taught illustrator and painter. She has a degree in philosophy from the University of Western Australia. She now lives and works in Rome. She draws inspiration from nature, children, mid-century illustration, folk art, and architecture. To learn more, visit felicitasala.com.