The Midnight Library

Kazuno Kohara

Ages 3 to 5
10 October 2013
32 pages


When we are fast asleep in bed, the Midnight Library opens its doors to all the night-time animals. Inside the library the little librarian and her three assistant owls help each and every animal to find the perfect book. But with a noisy squirrel band, an upset wolf and a slow-reading tortoise to help, they could all be in for a very busy night . . .

A beautiful, big-hearted book about the joy of reading.

If you have not yet encountered Kazuno Kohara's work, do remedy this straight away; her bold style, using linocut and an extremely limited palette of colours (in this case three colours) is incredibly beautiful and effective. Her drawings are dynamic, slightly manga-esque and very child-friendly. The Midnight Library is a declaration of love to libraries. Will someone send one to Ed Vaizey, please?