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*Night Shift* by Jessie Hartland
Night Shift
by Jessie Hartland
Ages 4-8 32 pages Bloomsbury USA October 2007 Hardcover    

Thereís a world out there that many children donít know about. Itís the world of nighttime, when children should be fast asleep and snug in their beds. But all sorts of things happen in that world, where all sorts of different people are busy doing their jobs. Author and illustrator Jessie Hartland introduces children to this world with her new book, Night Shift.

Hartland takes her readers through the night, hour by hour, describing several different occupations and the people who perform them. Unwritten but obvious is the important role these night-people play in keeping the daytime world running smoothly. Seamlessly, each person connects to the next, from a late-night disc jockey, to a security guard, to a newspaper printer. The list grows all through the night until dawn, when the entire group meets for breakfast at an all-night diner.

The delightful, whimsical illustrations are filled with small details that make each page a little treasure hunt for more information about each occupation. This book would be a wonderful addition to a school or library story hour theme that discusses occupations, and will be a very special book for children whose parents work the night shift.

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