The Night Is for Darkness (Hardcover)

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By Jonathan Stutzman, Joseph Kuefler (Illustrator)
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In two parallel narratives---one from the perspective of an Israeli soldier in 1949, the other a present-day Palestinian woman---Palestinian writer Adania Shibli explores the deep and lasting scars of history. Avoiding sensationalism, Shibli’s prose is remarkably incisive and affecting without being manipulative, as the parallel stories move toward their seeming forgone conclusions. The writing is beautifully controlled and evocative: her mission is to place us within the experience of these two as they navigate the harsh world around them. Alternately brutal and prosaic, Minor Detail is a compelling story of individuals suffocated by the culture around them.


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A gorgeous bedtime book that's also a tribute to the beauty of the natural world. Perfect for gifts and for family snuggling. From the author of Llama Destroys the World and Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse and the acclaimed author/artist of The Digger and the Flower and Beyond the Pond.

The night is for darkness . . . and for surprising moonlit discoveries.

This lyrical story celebrates the wondrous beauty of the natural world and the intimate family moments we share each night.

The Night Is for Darkness is a story full of warmth and love—an ideal sendoff into the land of dreams.

About the Author

Jonathan Stutzman is the author of Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug, Llama Destroys the World, Don’t Feed the Coos!, and other books for children. He loves the magic of nighttime. . . . It’s his favorite time of day for reading, driving, and dreaming up new stories. Jonathan lives in Pennsylvania with his wife. You can visit him online at

Joseph Kuefler is the author-illustrator of The Digger and the Flower, Beyond the Pond, and Rulers of the Playground. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and children. You can visit him online at

Praise For…

“A beautiful bedtime story with a lilting text to lull little ones to sleep.”
— School Library Journal

“Lovely lilting language [and] soothing reassurances render the night magical and moving home an adventure in this sweetheart of a bedtime tale.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Stutzman’s rhyming tribute to the magic of nighttime… feel[s] like a lullaby, delivering a hypnotic effect that will engage young readers while lulling them to sleep.”
— ALA Booklist

“This offering is couched in reassurance and comfort.”
Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062912534
ISBN-10: 0062912534
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020
Pages: 40
Language: English