The Pixar short film that accompanied Toy Story 3 in theaters has been transformed into a picture book. Showing the same style, humor and charm of the film, this book captures the interplay between day and night. Told in short sentences on black paper, the two characters immediately see their differences but through their interaction develop a friendship. In the end, they discover they have a lot more in common than they had thought at first glance. There is a wonderful whimsy about their interaction as they both use their bodies as a canvas for communication. Each shows off the wonders of their time of day. There are parades, rainbows and butterflies for Day. Night responds with fireworks, outdoor movies and fireflies. Told mostly in images, the story will appeal to young and old.
Newton’s illustrations carry this story, infusing it with appeal. The use of the black background makes the characters really pop. This creates a dynamic look and feel for the book. The most effective piece of the book is the ending when day changes to night and night changes to day. When their bodies fit together to create the horizon and to complete the sunset and dawn, it is very visually arresting.
Children who have seen the short film will enjoy this picture book version, but so will children who are looking for a friendly book with inviting illustrations. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from copy received from Chronicle Books.