Night watch by Phil Cummings; illustrated by Janine Dawson (2013)

[Published by Working Title Press]

nightWhat do you get if you cross a giraffe, a hippo and a baboon? You’ll just have to read Night watch to find out!

On nodding acquaintance only, Baboon, Giraffe and Hippo live busy lives co-existing but rarely speaking. (Strong parallels with modern life?) When a slinky lion hovers on the edge of their world, team-work becomes essential.

Thanks to a cunning plan from Baboon, Lion is so frightened by his encounter with a noisy multi-headed beast, he never bothers our jungle friends again.

A younger audience will love the beautifully depicted IMG_1510animals and hilariously scary beast. The gentle but essential message about team-work is one that could be explored further with a slightly older crew. Something for everyone!

Check out Night watch at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Night watch from Fishpond.

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