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Picture Book Review: 'Vincent And The Night' By Adele Enersen


Vincent and the Night

by Adele Enersen

Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015

Vincent is an infant, portrayed in color photographs on every page of this delightful picture book. His surroundings are depicted in pen and ink drawings.

“One evening, Vincent decided he didn't want to go to bed. The night was rolling in like a woolly black blanket, ready to tuck him in...”

And as it does, Vincent takes hold of a thread of that woolly blanket that is the night and begins to unravel it! He uses the thread to construct new images: a cat, a violin, musical notes that transform into flies...

After a while, he gets very good at it, and the pen and ink drawings morph from scribbles to more elaborate drawings until the baby Vincent is depicted 10 times over a two page spread, dressed variously as a magician, a parachutist, a cowboy, and a pirate.

When a pen and ink monkey finally hands him his bottle however, Vincent finally starts to get sleepy, and the detailed drawings sink back into scribbles until he is again depicted in his crib.

“The night is here.” And Vincent finally falls asleep.

This clever concept book will delight children of all ages as they travel with Vincent through the pages of his imagination and straight into his dreams.

Adele Enersen

Adele Enersen became an internet sensation when her creative baby photo blog, Mila's Daydreams, went viral. Previously, she has worked as a copywriter and concept designer in advertising. Adele now lives in Los Angeles with her two children, Mila and Vincent, and film composer husband, Lasse.


Renée Vaillancourt McGrath
Renée Vaillancourt McGrath

Renee Vaillancourt McGrath has worked as a writer, editor, librarian, and public radio program host. She lives in Stevensville, Montana, with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. 

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