Night of the Gargoyles

Night of the Gargoyles


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In this stunning collaboration of two exceptional talents, the striking charcoal illustrations and nimble text reveal what happens at night when the gargoyles come to life.

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ISBN-13: 9780395968871
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 08/28/1999
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 454,910
Product dimensions: 8.06(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile: AD910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

David Wiesner is internationally renowned for his visual storytelling and has won the Caldecott Medal three times—for Tuesday, The Three Pigs, and Flotsam—the second person in history to do so. He is also the recipient of three Caldecott Honors, for Free Fall, Sector 7, and Mr. Wuffles. He lives near Philadelphia with his family. 

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October 1, 1994 Ages 4-8. In a macabre and funny picture book, those stone gargoyles that squat all day on public buildings get free at night and come down from their shadowy corners. Bunting's words are creepy and poetic, scary because they are so physically precise. The stone creatures are "pock-marked," their tongues "green-pickled at the edges." They have unblinking, bulging eyes and their mouths gape like empty suits of armor in museum halls. Wiesner's duotone charcoal illustrations capture the huge heaviness of the stone figures and their gloomy malevolence as they bump and fly and tumble free in the dark. They are so ugly. They're like fiends that come from the graves at night. They're also very human. Wiesner's funniest scene is a double-page spread of a group of gargoyle creatures hunching and grunting together at a spitting water fountain. They could be the gossips and grousers at your local neighborhood hangout. This book is more a situation than a story, but it makes you face what you've always feared but hadn't quite seen. Even the word gargoyle makes you choke. Hazel Rochman Copyright© 1994, American Library Association. All rights reserved.
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Night of the Gargoyles 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
kmsmith13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about gargoyles that come to life at night. Even though this is a picture book with not a lot of words, I wouldn't recommend this book to younger students. It could be somewhat scary and it also has some harder vocabulary that they wouldn't know. If you wanted to introduce the new vocabulary to the students before you read, then it would be more appropriate for younger students. The pictures are black and white and very interesting.
baachan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think that the ideal age group for this book would be 5th and 6th graders--though they are not particularly an age level that gets excited by picture books--because some of the vocabulary may be difficult for younger readers: "pockmarked, cherub, torrents, mottled," for instance. However, there aren't all that many difficult vocab words, so it may be a good book to introduce new terms with. The plot of the story: gargoyles come to life at night and play, almost like Carnival--think Toy Story, but with giant stone figures. Eve Bunting wrote the book, David Wiesner illustrated it. The illustrations show the enjoyment with which the gargoyles frolic, how intensely they enjoy their nightly freedom. A good book to keep in the collection year-round, but particularly pertinent around Halloween. Recommended for all collections.
derbygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(easy picture book, fiction) At night, perhaps set in London or the like, atop of a museum, lifeless stone gargoyles come to life as the moon rises and the sun sets. The gargoyles partake in very human activities such as hanging out in a fountain together and complaining of everyday humdrum details such as how to deal with the pigeons that sit on their head , the autumn leaves that clog their drainspoutsor how the sun make their "corners" hot. It aids in one's imagination as to what it might be like to actually be a gargoyle sitting on a building perch, day in and day out. As a fan of gargoyle sculpture, I would envision a fun activity would be to supply photographs of different gargoyles found on buildings around the world to study. Gargoyle mythology could also be explored. If you lived near a place such as Princeton University in New Jersey, a scavenger field trip would be fun. I did this myself one day and explored the campus taking photographs of the different gargoyles I discovered on the various buildings. Gargoyles could be created out of clay. The book lends itself to many hands-on imaginative activities. One of the things I like best about the book is the description the gargoyles use to describe their frustration at not having more human like qualities, such as "gargoyle laughs that rumble thick because their is no space inside their solid stone for laughs to somersault." These are basic human priveleges we take for granted that I'm sure a stone gargoyle would love to experience!
Nicolemerriweather on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Night of the gargoyles The book is about the life of gargoyles. They stay up on the building during the day but at night they leave from off the building to be free in the night air. They window shop, fly up to the stars and even hand out with other gargoyles. They complain about the things they go threw during the day. Hot sun raises, rain and the birds are the worst for them. But after a night of fun they retire back to there buildings awaiting the night to return again. I thought this would be a good story being so close to Halloween. But the kids didn¿t like it. I guess most of born in Oklahoma probably have never seen a gargoyle that hand off of buildings. It was just a book to them. They listened but not much discussion on this book. I only did one activity with them because I didn¿t really want to draw it out. I brought pictures of my trip down to San Antonio, when my family and I went on the river boat ride. There where gargoyles on the building. They looked but they didn¿t really get excited. Then we did a coloring sheet.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
About Gargoyles coming to life at night, very scary and spooky.