The Midnight Club by Shane Goth, illustrated by Yong Ling Kang (9781771473941)
Milly waited in her bed until it was midnight and then she woke up her big sister, Becca. It was time for Midnight Club. The two headed out of bed, quietly sneaking past their parents bedroom door. They tiptoed over each shadow, not touching a single one. The entire house looked different in the middle of the night with the blue of moonlight. The girls munched on Dad’s jellybeans while sitting in his special chair. They tried on their mother’s coat until they got scared by the shadows moving, thinking it was a monster. They followed the cat around on midnight rambles around the house. Then it was time to head back to bed, but only after putting everything back so that Midnight Club stayed a secret.
Filled with the thrill of doing something just a touch naughty and a lot mischievous, this picture book is full of moments where you will hold your breath for a bit. Creaky stairs, stretching over shadows, the possibility of monsters, all create a delight of wonder. The book entirely captures the thrill of being out at night as a child and the joy of sharing that with your sister.
The illustrations show the colors of full night with the purples and blues of the shadows and the pale lemon of the moon shining into the room. The images focus on the two sisters and their relationship, showing them interacting as they play together throughout the house at night.
Full of sisterly love and moonlight. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from e-galley provided by Owlkids.