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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Picture Books We Love

Top of the Shelf: Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night

Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Joyce Sidman masterfully uses a variety of poetic forms to bring nights in the woods to readers who are cozy inside. Each poem is accompanied by a love-infused scientific description of the protagonist, which includes the owl of the title, a cricket, mushrooms, a bat, a spider, a porcupette, moths, snails, and an oak (from the sidebar accompanying the poem: "Although they don't look it, trees — like most plants — are constantly busy.") Rick Allen's linoleum block prints hand colored with gouache are stunning. Children's curiosity will be peaked to learn more about: "The night's a sea of dappled dark the night's a feast of sound and spark, the night's a wild enchanted park." ADDED: We are so pleased this book just won a 2011 Newbery Honor! It's a rare and exciting treat indeed when a picture book text is recognized as being one of the year's most distinguished contributions to American children's literature. Congratulations Joyce Sidman! Pick up a copy of Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night and read more Top of the Shelf book recommendations.

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