The Way Home in the Night Written and illustrated by Akiko Miyakoshi (Kids Can, 32 pages, $18.95, ages 3-7)
A young rabbit is carried by its mother, going home through the dark urban streets. En route, the bunny glimpses animal neighbours through their lighted windows. A bookshop owner is closing up; a goat is answering the telephone; a sheep takes a pie from the oven; a couple says goodbye to one another. Finally tucked into bed, the bunny lies in the dark and wonders: what are they all doing now? Miyakoshi’s shaded charcoal illustrations bring us right into the quiet shadows of the night streets. Highly atmospheric, quiet and dream-like, this is an excellent going-to-bed book.